Patchwork Perfect ! or diary of an old stool (part one)
‘Patchwork or “pieced work” is a form of needlework that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into a larger design. The larger design is usually based on repeat patterns built up with different fabric shapes (which can be different colours). These shapes are carefully measured and cut, basic geometric shapes making them easy to piece together.’
This will be its 4th re-incarnation!
As this piece was to be all about colour and also to serve to advertise our spotted cotton fabric,
(not that it needs us to shout about it-it’s one of our most popular best sellers), we wanted to keep the patch shape and design simple.
It’s one of the few designs where we repeat colours rather than move onto something new- infact we just keep on adding to the range!
(so did not select the practical beige and brown colour options for this project).
and worked out how many squares we were going to need to make a patched fabric big enough to cover the stool.
Allow 1.5cms seam allowance on all four sides, and cut out the fabric patches 13cms square.
(iron-on interfacing might have been better, but we chose to use up some old stock of sew-in that was available).
The interfacing was to add strength and stability to the final piece.
Each fabric patch needs to be pinned and tacked to the card template, before it can be patched together – there’s a lot of preparation to patchwork, but it’s worth the effort to prep the pieces as precisely as possibly for the best end result.
For the perfect square, fold the fabric over the corners and the tack down the sides with big secure temporary stitches.
Using tiny stitches, match the folded edges (right sides together) and whip over the fabric edges from the wrong side, picking up a tiny amount of fabric with each stitch.
When the pieces are all joined remove the tacking and cards.
We choose to laminate our patchwork (watch this space for a separate blog about fabric lamination)
Start with opposite sides, trim, the pleat in the corners, then staple in the gaps.
It’s important to keep checking that the design is is correctly positioned on the front of your work and that there are no bumps or bubbles appearing.
…the finished result!
We like this stool it makes us smile!