So I've always written patchwork and quilting off (sorry!) ... until now!
I've recently seen some gorgeous examples of quilting through various blogs - things that are brighter, more fun, more graphic and more 'me'. And with the move, I'm going to try out some patchworking and quilting to help make our new house a home.
This 'scrap vomit' (hahaha!) quilt-along was one of the first I spotted that I instantly loved:
|Scrap Vomit, from Monkey Do.|
|Butterfly Silhouette Quilt, from Sew, Mama, Sew.|
It's really inspired me - I can picture a quite simple quilt with bird silhouettes flying across in a brighter, solid colour. Yum!
And Monkey Do has come up trumps again with Hexy MF. Just go and look at it - amazing. Again, I think it's down to the simple design and when you put that against a grey background, it makes it fresh and new. The quilting is rather beyond me (it's pretty amazing), but the patching I like the look of.
So, I recently got Patch! by Cath Kidston. I'm not a Kidston fanatic, but I liked that it came with a kit to make a cushion cover, which is a good way of trying out a new craft. It's also the closest I've found to the kind of book I'm looking for - modern, simple patchworking for beginners. It's not perfect, but it's giving me a taster. Has anyone got any recommendation for patchwork/quilting books that match that description??
I'm part-way through making the cover design and I'm quite enjoying having a hand-sewing project to do while watching films. The thing I'm not loving is the 'English patchworking' with paper - it's just quite annoying to tack through and handle, plus I'm not entirely convinced that it's necessary. But what do I know?!
So that's what I'm working on at the moment. Have you ever tried patchwork? Any tips, techniques, tutorials you'd recommend?