Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Faded Roses and Favourite Fabrics

This unfinished piece of patchwork has been on the go for years. It is using up straps of fabric from all kinds of fabrics that were once curtains or cushions or in other projects . It has lots of bits of floral fabrics , one of my favourite is Sanderson Rose and Peony and there are lots of bits of it in there. I like using bits and getting little images of the patterns. Maroon and burgundy and dusty pink colours are my favourites when choosing florals and I think they look so good together. This was started years ago and it is just draped over the back of a chair getting more and more faded, maybe one day it will get finished. I actually like looking at the wrong side which is even more faded and seeing all the raw edges.
It is made with right angled triangles , and before I owned a rotary cutter , so each piece was cut out by hand . I Love it , hope you like it too .

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Pin Wheel Patchwork

This little patchwork is made with the pin wheel block . It is one of my favourite patterns and always looks great . You can arrange it in any way and make a lovely quilt . I arranged this one with a centre and then worked outwards to form my pattern . It is a good block to use up odd pieces of fabrics. Kaffe Fassett uses this pin wheel in lots of his gorgeous quilts. I like doing smaller quilts, that way they do get finished . Although I have to admitt to having lots of unfinished projects or "works in progress." I used some old blue shirts and some gingham in this quilt. It measures about 42 inches x 32 inches. Triangles are my favourite shape for patchwork , but can be tricky to sew as you need to be very accurate. I think they make super pattterns. Hope you like it , if you half close your eyes you get to see the pattern better.

Thursday, 17 May 2007

Blue Square Patchwork

This little patchwork measures 22 x 22 inches . Each little square is 1 and 1/2inches square.
It was made from leftover shapes from another project. I made the little blocks of four, if you look at a corner to see two colours of each to make the block. Then I just arranged what I had until it looked okay. I particularly like the way the dark diagonal cross is formed . The fabrics are a mix of recycled and new cottons. I like using bits from my husbands old shirts , old curtains from past houses , old blouses or clothing from my past or that belonged to my daughter . I like finding fabrics in the charity shops too.
I think it looks rather like a painting , a piece of modern art . Close your eyes slightly as you look at it to see the pattern better. Hope you like it . I usually use it on top of a basket as a sort of cover, looks old that a word ?

Sunday, 13 May 2007

My Beautiful Pyramid Patchwork

I love working with triangles although they can be tricky to sew. I love the detail, the way the eye follows the patterns to make larger triangles within triangles. I made this one last year. Around 300 triangles to make this small patchwork ,which measures about 1 metre square. It is sewn on my old singer sewing machine .

Saturday, 12 May 2007

Things I make.

I like making fabric bags, this one is made with linen and lined with a green cotton .