Wednesday, September 24, 2008

First Patchwork

Here it is.  My first patchwork quilt.  If you don't like it don't tell me, cos I'm ridiculously pleased with it.  And with myself.
I have seen a lot of different patchwork quilts on all those crafty-mummy blogs I browse, but I never felt the urge to make such a thing myself because if there's one thing we don't need in Townsville it's extra warmth.  

Then I saw a tutorial on House on Hill Road for a patchy picnic blanket and I thought that's something we could use... or at least give away.  I had the best time picking out the fabrics and co-ordinating how much and where for each one; instead of trying to keep track of some complicated geometric pattern (that would be nearly impossible for me and not at all fun) I made an unstructured pattern that just 'seemed right'.  And I love it.  The part of sewing I always like best is choosing the thread to match the fabric, and when you're making a quilt there is so much matching and co-ordinating to be done. 

Up until now I've tried really hard to furnish our house in a way that's warm and welcoming without crossing the line into 'cottagey', and that's not easy in a town with no Ikea.  With this new patchwork thing I might just be tipping the balance.  

Ah well.

5 comments:

purplegiraffes said...

Love it!!! But there's a rule - you can't give away your first quilt. And you should really make them not as nice for gifts(makes it easier to give away) .

Naomi said...

Actually, there's no chance of me giving this one away.

Next one maybe ...

tunabake said...

Wey hey, looks great! Once you start you can't stop. I am enjoying patchworking as well. If you don't want the quilts or pillows to look too cottagy have a look in some op shops for 50's fabric: pillow cases and tea towels. I look forward to seeing more craftiness.
Love Claire
xx

Naomi said...

Ooh good tip, thanks Claire! If only I had more op shop stamina.. still I might surprise myself. I would love to find some 50s teacups or corn cobs..

BigCat said...

It's divine. I can't believe it's your first. You make it look so possible. I am totally inspired now.

I was a late op shop bloomer but I'm fully converted now.