After thinning out the bits that were really too small to use, I was left with some decent sized pieces. But now what? When I made my dustbowl dress recently, I noticed when looking at inspiration pictures from the 1930's that there was a lot of patchwork, either on clothes or to make blankets, covers, etc.
|Migrant worker with patched and mended clothes (Source)|
|Farmer's wife patching her families clothes (Source)|
I looked at these books:
And then made these templates:
I spent ages and ages cutting out, then ironing the seam allowances. Apparently, the prescribed method is to tack them down, but I'm lazy so I skipped this step. So far I have this:
The plan is to make a load of these rosettes, then link them all together with black hexagons and sew them to a backing, maybe with some light wadding/batting in between. And hopefully I'll have a nice blanket for the coming winter months.
I never, EVER thought I'd make a quilt or be interested in them, but there's something so satisfying about using up scraps, playing with the direction of the grain, and slowly seeing it come together. And its a great visual record of all the stuff I've made.
I've decided to sew it together by hand, because I can just pick it up when I feel like it without having to set up the machine and so on. It seemed like a huge task, but once you get going the pieces come together really quickly:
|Close up of wrong side with hand stitching|
I'm sure it's going to take some time to complete, and I have a number of other sewing projects I have to complete, but I'm hoping it will be done before Christmas. It's going to be a learning process, ie I'll be making it up as I go along, and I'm still not sure how I'll be attaching all the layers together, but wish me luck and I'll keep you posted.
See you soon!