Artists, seamstresses and quilters alike are fascinated with the process of patchwork and so am I. So here’s a patchwork post. A post of tiny thoughts, some recycled, some found, sewn together without a plan. Let’s see where it goes.
Patchwork is not a necessity these days, however it never seems to lose its appeal. What’s fascinating to me, is building a piece of fabric using many scraps. It’s rewarding and empowering to create something from odds and ends or disparate pieces. My brain seems to work this way too.
But when I think of patchwork, quilts are usually the first thing on my mind. I love them old, hand sewn and tattered reflecting the times when creating them was a necessity and resources were limited. Today, patchwork often involves buying yards of pretty fabric to cut up, all just to sew them back together again. And to me, that seems a bit, erhhh, neurotic unless there is a strong artistic expression, a story or brilliant idea behind it.
And this is one of my favorite patchwork techniques, which makes the fabric reversible: Pojagis. The one pictured above was made by Jung Yul Park. See how the light enhances the beauty of the fabric.
Patchworks take time, and this chain of thoughts is just beginning. There are so many more quilters, artists and designer worth mentioning, but here’s only one more for today: Liane from enhabiten. Using vintage materials, quilts and army bags she transforms and patchworks them into anything from pin cushions, crazy quilt bunting and pillows.
Some of my favorites are her inside out pillows where she chooses the “wrong” side of a rescued crazy quilt to display the subtle stitching. That is really brilliant. Go visit her lovely store and blog. I’m sure you’ll find something for the holiday season.
But first Thanksgiving is approaching, my favorite holiday. I’m already obsessed with trying recipes for cornbread. Cornbread is not part of the German diet, but I love the idea of stew and cornbread.
And since cornbread is the off-key piece in this patchwork post, I’m going to leave it here and gather more pieces (and bake some cornbread).