More Patchwork

 

More patchwork. This time done in a long (28″) rectangular pillow.


Some accuse me of churning these patchwork things out. I assure you I’m not! I guess it just looks that way, thanks to the magic of blogs. I’m really loving the way little bits of color and pattern come to life when combined this way. The length of the pillow inspired the patterning of the blocks (seen best in the 2nd photo). I didn’t think too much about the fabric placement beyond making a stack of pale colors and one of more saturated colors. That’s another thing I love about patchwork. You can get crazy specific on it, or just start piecing and see what happens.

We have so so much going on around here, our life is feeling kind of pieced and patchworky. The kids are enjoying the last bit of summer…Peter is preparing the launch of something very exciting and I can’t wait to tell you about it (when he’ll let me, soon)…and I am soon to be starting a new job, back in the fashion industry, after 11 years. I’m nervous and thrilled! Which means I have to buy some new clothes. I think that anything black (without stains) will work nicely to start with. I’m inspired to make myself a plain black smock/tunic (to wear over  jeans) and do a flower collar on it. Do you guys know of any good basic tunic patterns?
 

31 Comments
  • Erin | house on hill road

    August 24, 2009 at 5:39 pm Reply

    a new job? hooray for you! can’t wait to hear more about it.
    that pillow is lovely.

  • Mama Urchin

    August 24, 2009 at 6:27 pm Reply

    how could we be sick of patchwork?

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 24, 2009 at 6:40 pm Reply

    My thoughts exactly Jen.

  • martha

    August 24, 2009 at 6:42 pm Reply

    the pillow is awesome, of course.
    but a new job?!?
    in the fashion industry?
    you are a tease:)

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm Reply

    I am worried about jinxing myself! There’s just too many plates spinning on
    poles here right now! All will be revealed soon.

  • amisha

    August 24, 2009 at 7:08 pm Reply

    you are such an inspiration with this patchwork, blair– i could never get tired of it! i did a little of this type of work this week and it was so much fun.
    and congrats on the new job!! i can’t wait to hear more about it!

  • Amelia

    August 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm Reply

    eeek! so exciting – can’t wait to hear how it all goes.
    ps. i owe you guys 26c that you left on my bench 🙂
    x Amelia

  • The Antidote

    August 24, 2009 at 11:47 pm Reply

    Ooooh a new job, how exciting x

  • betz

    August 25, 2009 at 4:28 am Reply

    Wow, new job back in fashion?! Thought about it myself but wonder if I could ever walk that walk again. Glad you’ll be my guinea pig or barometer or whatever. 🙂 Congrats and let me know if you need any freelance help!
    The patchwork is lovely and can’t wait to hear about Peter’s launch. You two are moving and shaking!

  • Molly

    August 25, 2009 at 5:57 am Reply

    I love the shape of that pillow. Congrats on the new job.

  • Annie

    August 25, 2009 at 6:08 am Reply

    I suspect that you will actually be too busy making patchwork pillows for my couch to start a new job 🙂

  • Peanut

    August 25, 2009 at 7:04 am Reply

    I love all you patchwork. It makes me want to go into my sewing room and just grab a bunch of fabric and start sewing (unfortunately right now I’m actually supposed to be getting dressed for work).
    I haven’t tried many tunic patterns but I’ve made Simplicity 3835 (a “Built by You” pattern) a few times now and have always liked the result. There are plenty of options and it’s easy to customize. Things only thing I’ve regularly heard against this pattern is that the sleeves can be a bit tight; I did a mock up for my t-shirt and ended up adding a little to the width of the sleeves to make them more comfortable.

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 25, 2009 at 8:09 am Reply

    Hee hee! Yes, I’m sure Ian will be looking for that money any day now ; )

  • susanintexas

    August 25, 2009 at 11:08 am Reply

    wow. how exciting. can’t wait to hear your news. LOVE that pillow! I like the tunics from Serendipity Studios…the models are probably not your style, but I think could be made more simply in black and be nice…or make your own pattern from something you own–you’d make wonderful patterns I’m sure.

  • malka

    August 25, 2009 at 12:05 pm Reply

    More lovely patchwork!

  • Clark & Mary McCain

    August 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm Reply

    I’m delurking after years of reading this wonderful blog to wish you well in the new job! I have a tunic pattern, Simplicity 3824, but am sorry to say I haven’t tried it yet. It looks like its neckline might really work with that amazing collar, though!

  • Clark & Mary McCain

    August 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm Reply

    I’m delurking after years of reading this wonderful blog to wish you well in the new job! I have a tunic pattern, Simplicity 3824, but am sorry to say I haven’t tried it yet. It looks like its neckline might really work with that amazing collar, though!

  • Clark & Mary McCain

    August 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm Reply

    I’m delurking after years of reading this wonderful blog to wish you well in the new job! I have a tunic pattern, Simplicity 3824, but am sorry to say I haven’t tried it yet. It looks like its neckline might really work with that amazing collar, though!

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm Reply

    Thank you so much Mary. I have possibly found Simplicity #2725 to be the
    one, but we’ll see, I’m cutting it out today.

  • laura

    August 25, 2009 at 3:34 pm Reply

    pink puffy heart that pillow!
    (if i didn’t live so far away i’d figure out a way to participate in some petty theft.)

  • Jessica Y.

    August 25, 2009 at 5:47 pm Reply

    Beautiful! Looks like a great pillow to lounge on. Congratulations on the new job and all the changes going on in your household!

  • emily

    August 25, 2009 at 7:05 pm Reply

    i can’t wait to see the tunic – i’ve been thinking that i need some tunic-y things for fall. and the patchwork? i love it. like little paintings. (can’t wait until you reveal all, of course.)

  • scribblearts

    August 26, 2009 at 2:11 am Reply

    Beautiful and inspiring. Your work always makes me happy, somehow.

  • Amy

    August 26, 2009 at 4:17 am Reply

    Never too much patchwork – bring it on – love it.

  • Sandy

    August 26, 2009 at 4:51 am Reply

    i never tire of patchwork, especially yours with such fabulous combinations!
    Congratulations on the new job! I start a new job in the fashion industry next week too. New clothes are definitely in order.

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 26, 2009 at 7:13 am Reply

    congrats to you Sandy!

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 26, 2009 at 7:14 am Reply

    thank you, what a nice thing to hear first thing in the morning!

  • Marina

    August 26, 2009 at 8:34 pm Reply

    Wow, just lovely!

  • willy-nilly

    August 26, 2009 at 8:47 pm Reply

    You know Kaffe is coming on the 3rd of October. Wanna get a group together? Love the pillow. I never get sick of these and they make you feel so productive.

  • blair/wisecraft

    August 27, 2009 at 7:18 am Reply

    That would be a hard thing to miss, and fun to go with a group of us! Email
    the details. Thanks Katie!

  • Pixie

    August 31, 2009 at 5:45 pm Reply

    Ohhhh, I want that pillow!

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