A quilt can be made with a few simple items, but a DIY quilt could be just as effective.
Quilt makers are now able to make a number of quilts using the foam panels found in acoustic foam products such as Quiltcraft.
The idea of making quilts with acoustic panels came to the attention of the UK’s National Quilt Forum, which was established to provide an educational forum for quilters to learn more about their favourite hobby.
The forum has already established several workshops, including one in Cardiff.
The workshop will feature a range of quilt designs that can be used to create quilts of various shapes, sizes and colours.
“This is one of the most exciting new areas for us, as it has so much potential for quilt making,” said Rebecca Hirst, the NQF’s chief executive.
While acoustic foam is widely used for quilts, it is not as common as it is for other fabrics, according to Fabian Vaupel, a materials science graduate student at the University of Southampton.
Flexural fabric, like bamboo, is more easily elastic and can stretch over time.
Acoustic foam is a different material that is more stable and durable.
In the past, acoustic foam was not as popular as other fabrics in quilt production, said Vaupal, who is also part of a team working to develop a more flexible material called laminate, which could be used in the future.
Laminate has been developed by a team at the UCL Department of Materials Science and Engineering, who are working to create a laminate that would be able to withstand a wide range of weather conditions, including salt water, wind and rain.
“There are a lot of different factors involved in making quilt fabrics, and we’re still at the early stages of developing the technology,” said Vaux.
One of the first quilts to be made using acoustic foam came from an undergraduate student, who started the project in her dorm room.
She was inspired by her friends who had done quilts and wanted to try their hand at making one, she said.
“I started off with a simple plan, with a couple of boards and foam.
The plan was to lay it out and see what would happen.
I decided to start with a lot more fabric than I thought would be necessary, and started with a piece of fabric that was a bit flatter than a normal quilt.
Eventually, I ended up with a three-layer, three-ply fabric that would hold up to 30cm of fabric, with the top layer being a bit wider than the bottom.
It took a few weeks to get the plan off the ground, but it’s been really fun.
There’s a lot to be learned about the science behind the material and how it is structured, said Ms Vaux, who has been working with acoustic materials since the age of nine.
A number of other students have also been making quilts using the materials, including students from the Royal College of Surgeons of Wales.
Fabian Vaux is a student at Cardiff University’s School of Engineering.
(Source: FabianVaupel.com) “A lot of people are working on the next generation of materials, so there’s a whole lot of possibilities out there for the next couple of years,” said Ms Hirst.
Quiltmakers have long been able to learn from the successes of other artists, who have used different fabrics, methods and materials in their work.
Another way that acoustic foam can be useful is in the manufacture of fabrics that have been used in quilts for centuries.
Acoustic foam has a wide variety of properties that can create a fabric that is softer than the average fabric, making it ideal for quills.
For example, if the material is made of an organic material like bamboo or wool, it can resist stretching in the same way as quilts made of fibres.
But because it is so versatile, it also has many other properties that are useful in other areas.
This includes making a fabric which can stretch, stretch over a long time, and can be breathable.
And it can be extremely light, which makes it ideal to use as a frame for quils.
With these properties, quilts can be designed to suit a variety of users, including those who like to sit in the back and are less likely to need a quilt in their home.
These people may want to keep their quilts small and compact, while others might want to expand the size of their quilt to suit the area they live in.
Many quilting enthusiasts have also taken advantage of acoustic foam as an alternative to fabric for making quills, using it to make quilts that are light and flexible.
Some people who work in the construction industry are also experimenting with acoustic fabrics,