Archive for June, 2013

Yes, I do patchwork quilting!

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Geometric patchwork is the unique contribution of American quilters to the rich heritage of textiles.  Sometimes it is good to go back to our roots, recycling scraps into beautiful, useful objects.   These two pillows are made from 15 squares.  Each one has 5 squares made of T-shirt fabric with freehand machine quilting.  The t-shirt cotton gives a nice sculptural feeling to the quilting.  The other 10 squares are from gingham (plaids) and calico (prints).

The two different shapes come from the way the squares are assembled.  There is a kind of star-fruit shape, or a very nice fat rounder one.    Both are finished with hand embroidery on the major seams, in the style of crazy quilts.  These shapes would also be fun done up in 15 different crazy-quilt squares.