Patchwork Projects -- pillows and quilt
A decade ago, along with other craft work such as knitting and crochet, my mum went for patchwork classes weekly and started on this costly hobby. Why costly? Well, on top of the class fees that she had to pay, the materials for patchworking (here in Singapore, at least, because classes are so very rare) are really expensive, and back then in the first couple of years of her starting on this hobby she went full-throttle and bought tons and tons of cloth, much of which have been kept until now, because she stopped this expensive hobby about 3 years after starting it. Back then, because I was an idle, care-free teen with too much time on my hands, I asked my mum to teach me patchwork as well, and I soon got started on making my own quilt which I had then planned on handing over to my future children, and they will pass it down to their children, generation to generation etc. I didn't complete it then, and after a couple of years, I too let that project die down and be kept away from sight. It was only a month ago that my mum decided to dig up this box of treasures from the store and I decided to re-boot my patchwork project!
Thankfully, it was not difficult to pick up the pieces again, and I was soon at it - the toughest part of patchwork is perhaps threading the needle. I am practically blind without my contact lenses/spectacles and even with them, it took me a while to get that damned piece of thread through that teeny-weeny hole in the needle. It just takes basic sewing skills, the rest is patience and the quality of your handiwork, whether or not the the work is meticulous enough. The last part requires a lot of practice.
I recently completed a small pillow for my daughter, and am about to start on another for my son. It was incredibly satisfying to complete that final needle on the pillow after stuffing it, and I immediately looked forward to completing more crafting projects. After my son's pillow, I am going to continue my unfinished work on that quilt.
This is what goes into it --
I have these small pieces of hexagon shaped cards and I need to cut the cloth that I intend to use into the similar hexagon shapes except slightly larger in size. The card is used to stabilize the shape. Then, I will wrap the cloth over the cards with simple needlework to create a little hexagon'packet' with the card still inside.The card will be removed when the hexagonal pieces of cloth have been joined together.
So basically I will have many of these hexagoncloth 'packets' that I can piece together to create any shape I want. For the pillow, for instance, I had them arranged very simply in random order in long strips that I later joined together to create a large piece of patterned cloth.
For my quilt, I intend to have blocks of floral patterns separated by strips of separators. The 'flowers' will be created like in the picture below, with the blue piece in the center of it.
An example of the blocks of flowers I intend to have will be joined by many different 'flowers'. As the quilt is going to be rather large, I would of course have to make many of such flowers, and to make these flowers, I would have to wrap many pieces of cloth over many pieces of card. It sounds very taxing, but I am determined to complete it!
I previously shared my other crafting project that I have been working on for the past 8 months or so - the 8-petal African Flower Crocheted Blanket . Now, I will not be completely halting work on that, but will work on these two projects simultaneously. As I get bored easily, I find that this is the perfect way to ensure that I will definitely get both done -- if I get tired or bored of working on this patchwork pillow and quilt, I can switch to crochet and vice versa. The difference between patchwork and crochet is that the former places quite a strain on my eyes, while the latter, because the materials used are larger in size, is a lot gentler on my already horrendous eyesight. Therefore, I keep my patchwork materials in the living room where it is easily accessible if I have time in the afternoon to work on that while at the same time effectively keeping an eye out on the kids. The use of natural light streaming in the windows really help when working with a teeny weeny needle and super thin thread.
These two designs were suggested to me by my mum, but I do make use of Pinterest to discover and be inspired by more beautiful designs. Do check out my Craft Work board on my Pinterest Account to see more.
I will use Kitchen Missus as a platform to update my readers on the progress of both my crafting projects, and here I hope I have the honour of receiving your good luck wishes with them as well! Let's all be successful in any projects we are working on or plan to work on in the future!