always strikes me as the ideal season to work on patchwork and quilting
projects. Something about mixing bright fun fabrics and prints seems
perfectly suited to warm days and long hours of sunshine.
love patchwork because it's a great stashbuster, but it's also a great
way to exercise your creative muscles. Since patchwork projects often
require many different fabrics, it's a great way to experiment with
mixing prints, explore the color wheel, and discover new fabric
combinations you may never have considered before.
Asymmetrical Log Cabin Pillow by Lisa Congdon.
Chakla Quilt by Malka Dubrawsky.
Patchwork Growth Chart by Rashida Coleman-Hale.
these qualities that really draw me to patchwork. The same pattern can
go from fun and funky to calm and mellow with just a few simple fabric
changes. With so much room for fabric creativity, patchwork really gives
you an opportunity to personalize and make a project that's uniquely
The Fall 2010 issue of Stitch has a great article called Quilting the Modern Way
by Alissa Haight Carlton, co-founder of the Modern Quilt Guild. She
included a sidebar with great tips for making a modern quilt, and I
think a lot of them apply perfectly to patchwork. Try some of her handy
ideas to get your creative juices flowing!
Make and use a design wall. By
tacking cotton batting or a flannel sheet to a wall, you can instantly
have a surface on which to try out designs; fabric will stick to the
flannel or batting so you can test color and pattern combinations. This
helps improve your design skills. If space is limited, tack the batting
or flannel to a sheet of foamcore and put it away when you're not using
Mix fabric lines. Try
mixing different fabrics from different designers and lines. So much of
the design and creativity of patchwork is found in the fabric choices.
You'd be surprised at the original combinations you can come up with
when you don't let the fabric companies tell you what goes with what.
Use solid fabrics. Using
only solid-color fabrics will make you explore color and shape in a
whole new way. Bold and vivid patterned fabrics are beautiful and can
give so much life to a project, but try stretching your design mind by
Keep on sewing. Don't
worry if your first try isn't perfect-cut yourself some slack. This
might seem obvious, but it's tough for a lot of people to do! If
something on your project doesn't turn out as you expected, roll with it
and turn it into a new design element or a learning experience.
tips are great things to keep in mind when you start your next
patchwork or quilted project. And don't forget that customizing a
pattern can open you up to a whole new world, not just of color, but of
function! Try making Lisa Congdon's Asymmetrical Log Cabin Pillow
in bright outdoor fabrics to give some zest to your outdoor seating. Or
use a durable fabric such as canvas as the back on Malka Dubrawsky's Chakla Quilt for a perfect picnic blanket that will be the envy of everyone at your next BBQ. The options are endless!
Check out the great ePatterns-patchwork and otherwise-in our online store (they're all 20% off for the rest of the week!) and
have some fun with summer projects! Our ePatterns are ready to download
and print, so you can get started sewing right away. I especially like
Rashida Coleman-Hale's Patchwork Growth Chart-it's the perfect kid gift for all those summer birthdays!