When Patchwork goes wrong!

Don't we all love to buy fabric? I do. So when I asked to develop a beginner’s patchwork course I was on the hunt. I have used Dashwood Studios before and loved them. The ones I have used successfully have been September Blue and Pettite Street. But these are very pink and girly and I was in the mood for something grey and black, also in my mind was mustard. When I came across Bloom I thought I had the perfect collection.

To check the colours I arranged them and took black and white photographs, wow they were stunning!

Planning was next underway and I had designed the mini quilt.

The first couple of blocks looked great, but I soon got to realize that something was wrong.


The block patterns were disappearing in the beautiful patterns of the collection. My fault. I should have bought some solids to mix it up.



DSC_0315Lesson learnt and I pulled out another fat quarter bundle from my stash. Funny how that happens – that we sewers just seem to happen to have some “spare” fabric. But with this I added some solids and the results were so much better.

As for the Dashwood Bloom, I’ll put it in the UFO box and finish it when I fancy. Or is that just Claire speak for never, or frogged?


Coat for Tony

I finished this coat for my hubby some time ago, but he likes it that much that I have been unable to take a photograph of it.

It is fully waterproof as all the seams have been taped. The front has two pockets, it has pit zips and also a hood. The pattern is the Green Pepper Fairbanks Pullover, and the pattern is s dream to use.



The pattern doesn't have a pocket on the left hand sleeve, but hubby wanted one for his ski pass. So he got one. IF I was to make this pattern again, I would make the longer one as I think this one is too short, but hubby loves it.