I promised to show you some of my part made projects that I found in my cupboard….and I am starting with a project I must have started about 7 years ago from Kaffe Fassett’s Patchwork book.
The pattern is described as Jewel Squares Blind and is actually the cover project. Kaffe uses a primarily red theme but I went for green and blue to go with my bedroom. Kaffes design is to make a blind as the squares look beautiful with sunlight behind them….didn’t quite come through in my photo. I think the blind would be too much for my husband but in my naivety at the start of my patchwork career I didn’t think a quilt would take much more effort.
This may look like the finished project but it is in fact about a quarter of the double bedspread that I intended to make……
I started off doing a lot of the piecing by hand…must have been mad! But I then progressed to machine piecing. I have a set of boxes that are full up with different sized blocks and a bigger box full of all the strips that I cut for making more blocks.
About once a year I dig the boxes out and piece a few more squares. I do have other big pieces where I have joined the blocks together but this is definetly the biggest.
I absolutely love the look of it and I can see a history of my fabrics through the design as each year I add a few new fabrics to the strips. I have to make sure that I keep a good mix of old and new blocks going so that the various phases aren’t too obvious in the finished project.
My stitching together isn’t perfect…and I’m jealous of all of you who do keep the 90 degree corners going, but I feel it has a handmade feel and is truly my labour of love.