Having been brought up on a rounded diet of dressmaking and quilts, I have a healthy respect for the traditions and stories behind patterns and structures of patchwork. Living around the corner from Bird in Hand, and having a quilting teacher for a mum ensured I am well versed in the Bear’s Paws, Ohio Stars and Double Weddings Rings abundant in textiles history.
The only resulting glitch is anxiety about stepping far from that well trod path and playing with the artform…
This lovely little number is in its final stages to be finished in time for a good friend’s 31st birthday, in lieu of an appropriately grand 30th present! I’m going to claim that the pressie is an embodiment of our relationship: eclectic, slightly wonky and made even more colourful with a glass of wine or three!
Others, however, seldom create such ‘organic’ stitches… either by time, by skills, or by design:
And then a few ‘in progress’ ideas too…
Trying out layouts by Stefanie Dean
On reflection, maybe these designs aren’t all that modern and unusual after all… Maybe it’s just a brightness to the prints… But then, if my textiles history knowledge is anything to go by, the Victorian quilts were just as vibrant (or garish, depending on your point of view) with the influx of new dyes. It’s just that those very same dyes are wont to fade. Quickly. And leave things looking old and dull.
Dutch Quilt Cat’s fabulous double-sided family quilt from 1610 – nearly 400 years old… Extraordinary.
And who said traditional would necessarily be dull anyway…?
Just a fabulous children’s room… Such great colours – bright and fun without being garish and over-stimulating. How gorgeous.