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Vintage Patchwork

I’ve had a lovely afternoon in the Cath Kidston shop in Reading. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and people were asking if we could do the same again next week – always a good sign.

The setting was lovely and perfect for a vintage patchwork workshop. Our Cath Kidston shop, like many others, is set in one of the older buildings on the main shopping street.

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The workshop was held upstairs and if you look left at the top of the stairs, you can see these lovely quilts hanging up.

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So the store itself was full of inspiration! The tables we were working at had an array of small bits of fabric on for us to use.

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As you can see on the left of the photo there was an example of what we’d be working towards. We were also shown more intricate patchwork, some with hexagons, others with different shapes, but all made using the same principles.

I know some of my blog readers are quilters and that there are many ways to do patchwork, but we were shown how to do it “as my granny taught”. That’s true vintage!

First of all you need to cut the shapes you want your pieces to be out of envelopes. (Others there said they used newspaper, others thin card). To be sure they are all the same size use a template. We were doing traditional hexagons and we were lucky that a template had already been cut out for us!

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For each piece of fabric, cut it so that it is a bit bigger than your template, but the same shape.

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Then fold over and pin the edges of your fabric to your envelope.

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Then do a running stitch to hold it all in place!

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You may notice that this isn’t one of the fabrics I had taken with me . It was available to us at the workshop and I liked it.

Make as many of your shapes as you want and then join them together at the edges. This is when I discovered that my hexagons weren’t perfect hexagons. Oops! Luckily by rotating them I could get the edges to match.

This is what I made over the course of the workshop. I could probably have made more, but we were chatting at the same time. It’s always good to enjoy yourself when making something!

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I need to unpick the running stitch and take the envelope out, but that can wait a while. I need to decide what to do next. I was going to do a fifth hexagon in my pink gingham, but ran out of time.

I’m pleased I’ve had a go at patchwork. I think I could sit on the sofa making hexagons (or other shapes). Unfortunately my crafting schedule atm doesn’t mean I can continue much more right now, but I will definitely make something in patchwork at some time!

I’ve had a great afternoon thanks to Heritage Open Days and Jelly. I just wish they did this more often!

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Get ready, get set and go…

I’m ready for my patchwork workshop later. I have packed:

1. Fabric – lots of it! You can see the fabric I’m taking in this post. I did ask for advice for which ones to take, but the photos didn’t originally upload. Go back and have a look!

2. Envelopes. I’m taking lots of A5 envelopes, some collected at home and some at work. All of them would be destined for the recycle bin usually.

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3. Scissors. I’ve packed my fabric scissors, pinking shears and everyday scissors too as I don’t want to blunt my fabric scissors.

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4. Needles (in a needle case I made ages ago) and thread.

I hope I’ve got everything!

Which fabric?

Edit: For some reason my photos didn’t show when this post uploaded. This would have made it hard for you to give advice. How frustrating! I’m still interested in your opinion, even though it will probably be too late to influence me.

As I mentioned in my heritage open days post, I’m doing a heritage crafts workshop on vintage patchwork tomorrow. As its free I need to supply my own material, although I only need a smallish amount. My question is which material do I take? Are small patterns better than big?

These are the ones I’m considering taking. Which would you take?

1. White background with purple butterflies

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2. White, with white spots (I only have a minute amount)

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3. Black background with bright yellow / pink / purple flowers and butterflies

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4. White background with big blue / pink / yellow flowers

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5. White background with lots of colours of small hearts

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6. Cream background and small blue and pink flowers

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7. White background with big pink / blue / yellow flowers

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8. White background with pink / purple small flowers

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9. Plain pink

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10. White with small pink dots

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11. Pink gingham

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12. Pink with white flowers on

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13. Plain lilac

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14. Plain white

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I don’t have much of most of these fabrics, but I doubt I’ll need much of them.

At the moment I’ve packed all of it!
Which would you put together? I know I won’t use them all!

At the moment I’m thinking  2, 5, 6, 8, 9,10, 12 would work relatively well together. If I was going to use 5, i think I’d drop the hearts and the plain pink. Which would you use or take?