Because the Stitch team is going to be producing the summer and winter issues of Modern Patchwork, I have modern quilting on the brain. In fact, we will be doing the photo shoot for Modern Patchwork Summer 2014 as you read this!
I have always loved Modern Patchwork and feet that the title has a strong connection to Stitch. Many of our artists contribute to both magazines, and we often have projects in Stitch that could just as easily appear in Modern Patchwork and the other way around. With so much cross-pollination, taking on Modern Patchwork is a natural fit.
I have loved seeing how quilting techniques have taken a modern twist and translated from showpiece quilts to sewing for the home and closets. These are accessories with time-honored techniques that we can use and love in our daily lives.
With that in mind, I have taken on a little patchwork project myself. I have this darling paper-piecing kit that Vivika DeNegre from Quilting Arts gave to me. (You could say that she is my "patchwork sponsor.") Back in December, when I knew that we would be producing the winter and summer issues, I started this project, and it's been slow going, to put it mildly. However, what I love about paper-piecing is that it's so portable. I can work on it on the train, in the waiting room, anywhere that I am stuck with idle hands.
Don't tell anyone, but I'm not using a pattern. The pieces are so small that I am just putting them together to see what shape they take, and from there I will use the final design to create a pillow. Then maybe I will give it to someone, or maybe I will keep it for myself. It's not the end product, although sewing something for the home always feels like a good thing. It's the journey, the sitting and patiently and slowly stitching and piecing, and I can't tell you how satisfying this is.
For tons of wonderful projects, check out the brand new Modern Patchwork Spring 2014. It's fresh and delightful and just what we need as we emerge from the winter doldrums.
Do you switch off between sewing garments and quilting? I would love to know how many of us cross-crafters that there are out there.