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part of my planning for our california trip is making some special things for my son. traveling for little people is incredibly exciting, but when you get tired and you’re in yet another unfamiliar bed it can be just plain no fun at all.

this week i made a little patchwork pillow case out of all those cute bits of fabric i’ve been coveting. this was my first go at patchwork and its in no way perfect, but it has a certain homely charm that i’m pretty sure a three year old won’t have a problem with (though he is a virgo)! the pillow is big enough for a small head to sleep on, but compact enough to take on the plane. i also made a point of choosing busy patterned fabric so we can play pillowcase eye-spy if boredom sets in.


i have a bunch of ‘making’ planned for the weekend, including some gocco print christmas cards, and a dolly’s skirt and shoes. what about you? exciting weekends ahead?




patchwork header


second installment of pilgrim’s palette and its not even a color! but why choose one color when you can have them all? so here is my salute to patchwork. patchwork appeals to me for so many reasons, yet it’s one of the few crafts i dare not try. i know my lack of patience and less-than perfect sewing skills will compromise my end result so i don’t even start. but the concept of patchwork is enough of an inspiration to me and so my fabric stash lives to spend another day alone in the cupboard, but my artwork is quickly becoming something a pioneer woman might be proud of. you’ll have to wait and see what i mean, but for today, lets enjoy some traditional patchwork.


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from the golden hands encyclopedia of crafts


as one of my beloved ‘golden hands’ books says, “patchwork is a truly sentimental craft which has always been connected with sharing and neighbourliness… the fabric of patchwork will often conjure up a score of memories – a scrap of the first dress you ever sewed, a piece of the blouse that never looked right with anything – reminders of friends and family.” don’t you love that image above this paragraph? the warm golden light in that picture makes me ache for childhood camping trips. obviously, i’m a big sucker for nostalgia, but i also love the haphazardness of patchwork. i strongly believe in the adage that “if a little is good, then a lot must be better” especially where pattern is involved. gingham and floral? yes please! stripes and spots? you better believe it!


patchwork bag

from the golden hands encyclopedia of crafts



and have a look at the textures in this bag: cotton, corduroy and i think some velvet. even though i prefer my patchwork more colorful, i rather like the washed out charm of this bag. i think it could be holly hobbie’s overnight bag, don’t you think?


patchwork blanket

from the golden hands encyclopedia of crafts


i really like this blanket. the combination of the wholesome gingham and the far out florals and paisley really does it for me. having said that, my favorite patchwork is hexagonal. i can’t explain it, i guess i’m drawn to the slightly more unusual shape. of course the fact that hexagonal patchwork is just that bit more complex than square patchwork is another reason why me + sewing a patchwork blanket will never = friends. but as long as the hexagonal shape tool in adobe illustrator exists, at least some of my patchwork lust will be sated!




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