Sunday, 11 March 2012

Patchwork fail

As a blogger, I feel that it's very important to write about both the good and the bad, which is why I am sharing my latest project with you. I recently decided that I fancied having a go at patchwork, so I bought a kit online which was a fantastic kit, and, I felt, very reasonably priced. I'm reluctant to give the name of the company here, because I know for a fact that the design and quality of the kit has nothing whatsoever to do with what my failure. I chose a simple kit, a four block of Cathedral Window patchwork which can be sewn onto a small drawstring bag.

For reference, here is what Cathedral Window patchwork should look like:

Cathedral Window patchwork quilt close up

And here is what I have managed to accomplish so far.

Cathedral window patchwork fail example

As you will see, even the sequins supplied do little to hide the wonky corners. I think that I'm going to put it aside for a while, then perhaps I will take it apart and have another go. I have at least learned the theory of Cathedral Window patchwork, even if I don't currently have the skills to accomplish it.

If you are interested to know where you can purchase the kit let me know and I'll add it into the comments. It really is a lovely kit!

12 comments:

  1. Aw it's not that far off and I'm sure you'll be able to nail it if, like you say, you leave it for a little while and then come back to it. I get in a right huff when things go wrong and my work normally ends up in the bin, only for me to calm down and have to retrieve it sheepishly later on.

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    1. Thank you, you are very kind! I was getting very cross with it last night, it is very fiddly.

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  2. I think you can retrieve it! One tip, it might be easier to iron the pieces with the folds where you want them before sewing. Looks like it will pick undone OK for another go.

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    1. I did iron them! I think that my ironing needs work as well as my patchwork. It will pick undone I think, and I can always use the material for something else!

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  3. PS I'm not even sure it is exactly the same design as the top one, so perhaps is meant to look different.

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    1. The squares are a bit smaller than your one so it has come out a bit more rolled up.

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  4. Yours doesn't look too bad at all, don't be disheartened. I couldn't attempt anything like that my sewing is so slapdash!

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    1. You are very kind, thank you! I don't know why I am just not very good at sewing, it's as though I'm too impatient to take the time to do it properly, even though I can do other types of sewing like cross stitch quite easily.

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  5. Well to me it looks amazing! My quilting mother might disagree, but I for one would be thrilled if I managed to do that!

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    1. Everybody is being so kind! I think that it must look better in the photograph than it does in real life!

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  6. I think the unique 'artistic' corners give it a lovely rustic feel! Better than I could do - my quilting is squares and simple flat patterns - you're brave for even trying!

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    1. I think that I should probably have put a little more thought into the choosing of the kit, and gone for one that was a little easier rather than one that I thought looked nice!

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