Quilt covers are a type of quilt cover set traditionally made from patchwork. A quilt cover is a decorative quilt that can sit on the back of a chair or behind the headboard to make the bed more comfortable and cozy.
To find the perfect pattern, you will need to be familiar with what your preferences are. Some people prefer patterns based on natural, organic shapes related to home decorating, like flowers, leaves, and trees. Others might choose geometric shapes such as squares and triangles designed purposely for use on quilt cover sets so they have a clean aesthetic appeal.
You will also need to consider what you plan on using the quilt for. For example, if you are using it for decorative purposes to use it as a decorative pillow, then patterns that can be used in multiple spaces are ideal as they can be used in many different ways. If, however, you plan on using it as a throw over the back of a chair or behind the headboard of a bed, then geometric shapes are ideal because they will fit into tight spaces where the fabric may not be able to. You know what you want to use your quilt cover set for, so make sure when picking your pattern that fits your needs.
You will also want to consider what fabric types are used in the pattern. If the quilt is for decorative use, the material should be soft and safe for children to crawl on. For example, if you plan on using the quilt to put behind a child’s chair, then it should be made of comfortable material, but that can also withstand the wear and tear of everyday use.
When picking a background fabric, you will want to pick something neutral yet colorful so even if it is just behind a chair it can still make the room look vibrant. Another aspect to consider when picking out fabrics is what your preferences are in terms of how durable it will be. Wool fabrics tend to be very durable and are common in decorative throws because they can withstand machine washing without ever shrinking or fraying.
When deciding on the batting for your quilt, you will want to pick one that is also durable and soft. Fleece batting is commonly used in decorative throws because it can withstand a lot of wear and tear while still maintaining its softness. Choosing the right amount of fabric and batting can dramatically impact the overall look of your quilt, so spend time thinking about what both the pattern and background fabric say when they are all together.
Creating a custom pattern is part of making a custom quilt cover set, but if you need to learn more about quilting or print fabric, you might be better off buying ready-made patterns online.