New Year’s day marks a week since Christmas day and already my nearly 3 toddler is tired of his new toys – and the boxes! Fortunately for him, he has a much older and generous brother who still has all of his toys from way back when. So today we are recycling a wooden castle to keep the young one fairly calm and distracted / occupied.
Recycling comes in many forms and here in the UK we are all used to separating out our cardboard, plastic, tins and glass for the recycling lorries to take away and turn into something useful – yet in the scheme of life, this is quite a recent method of recycling.
A far older and more creative form of recycling is patchwork. Now-a-days we tend to buy fabric especially for our patchwork projects but that wasn’t always the case. Originally patchwork was a way of recycling old clothes and sheets by sewing pieces of them together to make bedding. In those days, nothing was wasted whereas today we have a very ‘throw away’ culture.
Patchwork began as quite a plain and simple craft, usually made from simple squares or rectangles – something fairly quick and simple to hand-sew together. Patchwork was sewn from necessity and not much for pleasure. Gradually, as life became a little easier and free-time became more available, people experimented and created more intricate shapes. Squares became squares made of smaller pieces (we call these blocks). Over the years, as time and expertise grew so did the patterns in the shapes.
Today patchwork is a leisure and pleasure activity and we can buy fabric in any colour and any shape. There are numerous patterns and blocks available to sew, with their exciting and intriguing names. Your quilt can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be – dependent on your experience and time.
For a beginner, it seems logical to me to follow the natural history of the patchwork quilt experience – to start with simple squares and rectangles, and as skill and experience improves, to progress onto more complicated shapes and blocks.
That’s how I have designed my online patchwork course.
Every month you will receive a set of video tutorials on how to sew a quilt, with the patterns becoming more detailed as time goes on. It costs a $1 a day – paid monthly – which includes online tutor contact with me to help you through any problems. Why not check it out by clicking HERE?
Or watch the video about it below. Bye for now. Alison.