QUILT­ING GETS MOD­ERN

Cool new looks give this tra­di­tional hand­i­craft a makeover.

Homes+ (Australia) - - TREND ALERT -

IF YOU’RE LOOK­ING FOR an in­stant up­date for your liv­ing room, grab a cou­ple of quilted cushions for your sofa. A resur­gence in hand­crafted ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes has seen the hum­ble art of quilt­ing dance back into the spot­light.

Quilt­ing’s soft, tex­tured ap­pear­ance and tac­tile ap­peal sees it pop­ping up in all sorts of soft fur­nish­ings and fur­ni­ture, from the liv­ing room through to the bed­room and be­yond. In­stead of the tra­di­tional patch­work quilt con­cept of us­ing left­over ma­te­rial or sen­ti­men­tal fab­ric of­f­cuts, a more mod­ern ap­proach com­bines beau­ti­ful tex­tiles quilted in geo­met­ric pat­terns or or­ganic free-form mo­tifs. The fin­ish is tex­tu­ral, tac­tile, comfy and more than a lit­tle lux­u­ri­ous.

Quilted cov­ers or “quilts” have al­ways been pop­u­lar, so it seems a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion that this fin­ish has mor­phed into pil­low cov­ers, cushions, cov­er­lets and throws. As its pop­u­lar­ity in the home has con­tin­ued to rise, so has the num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions. Quilt­ing can now be found on bed­heads, so­fas, armchairs, ot­tomans and more. The ad­di­tion of pat­tern and tex­ture to these pieces cre­ates more in­ter­est with­out hav­ing to in­crease the colour or printed pat­tern in fab­ric. Quilt­ing can add a rich­ness to the feel and look of a ma­te­rial, giv­ing an oth­er­wise or­di­nary piece luxe ap­peal.

The age-old craft of quilt­ing is very 2017. Here, a quilted cov­er­let adds soft­ness and tex­ture in a sim­ple way.

VEL­VET FEEL Kew cush­ion in Wine, $39.95, from Li­nen House. LOVELY LI­NEN Ab­bot­son Euro­pean pil­low­case in Flax, $79.95, from Sheri­dan. QUILTED JERSEY French Bazaar throw, $349.50, from Hard to Find.

DEC­O­RA­TIVE TOUCH Lin­nea arm­chair in Nat­u­ral Wood/ Yel­low, $319, from Apex.

SOFT SEAT

Bax­ter din­ing chair in Grey, $209, from In­te­ri­ors On­line.

SOFT LEATHER

Pages rec­tan­gle cush­ion in Tan, $149, from Ami­gos de Hoy. STITCH PAT­TERN Quilted Geo cush­ion, $8, from Kmart.

DE­SIGN FAC­TOR

Nova arm­chair in Char­coal, $249, from Fan­tas­tic Fur­ni­ture.

COSY AND WARM Quilted pram blan­ket in Grey, $10, from Kmart.

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