THE ART OF PATCHWORK QUILTS – Right from the get-go I’m going to be quite frank… I was never a fan of Pathwork Quilts.
I guess I used to see this as overly fussy and considering my design tastes run to the minimal, the plethora of colors and patterns was simply too much for my eye. OK, now for a complete turn-around.
I was commenting on Hometalk.com the other day and there was a lady who posted some pictures of a Patchwork Quilt she had recently completed and after really looking long and hard at her artwork I began to realize there was far more to Patchwork Quilts that I had originally thought. I started to look around and realized that patchwork design was prevalent in a number of artworks, such as patchwork ceramic arts, and therefore started to look much deeper into the art.
What I can now appreciate about Patchwork Quilts is the fact that there is an awful lot of work that goes into making one. It is not simply a case of getting some materials, a needle and thread and simply sew away. These works of art, and that’s exactly what they are, takes time, consideration, dedication and pure love, because you cannot produce a beautiful patchwork quilt without the vital element of love.
Paula really did a wonderful job of her patchwork quilt. If you are anything like me, and you are not really into this type of artwork, I implore you to stop and study the image above more closely and I’m sure, like me, you will begin to see the true beauty is this type of artwork.
The first thing that is going to catch your eye is the use of very bright colors. Yes, this is the problem most contemporary interior design lovers have with patchwork, it is extremely bright, but that’s the whole point of this type of art. It is designed to make a very definite statement, it is designed to be fun and most of all it is designed to be completely unique in its composition. After I studied Paula’s work for half an hour I finally came to the conclusion that I had been wrong all these years and that patchwork really is a truly wonderful art.
What I particularly like about this piece that Paula produced is the very clever use of the ‘Diamond Pattern’. Note that while they are all diamonds patterns, each and everyone is different which give more appeal to the quilt. With the use of a child’s name and the bicycles for the edging, this is obviously a very personal piece and that is probably the most important element to any hand stitched patchwork quilt – each one is made with the love for someone else.
Have you ever watched a young child paint a picture? I can tell you that children lack any form of constraint when it comes to choosing colors to make up their works of art. Ask a child to paint a scene and they will happily set about using every color in the paintbox, because they are simply not afraid to express themselves. If you take this concept to a child’s bedroom design then Patchwork Quilts are the perfect accessories to a child’s room, due to the mixing and use of every color in the paintbox. Great idea eh?
As adults we become, well most of us anyway, a little more conservative and start to analyze decorative colors to use around the home and therefore patchwork designs are often overlooked due to the overuse in colors in producing them… right? Actually that’s wrong – it’s a complete myth that patchwork has to be a mismatch of colors and in fact they are often produced to a particular theme as the examples above and below testify to.
While the example above is certainly a Patchwork design, and the colors are very nice, it does lack the true feel of a hand-mate patchwork quilt. Manufactured versions, while practical, often lack the personal touch.
Some, but not all, manufacturers produce patchwork quilts that do take on the appearance of being handmade and while the pattern is random, it uses colors that blend with each other well so that the designs produced can fit well with a number of different styles of interior designs. Personally, I really like the example above and yes I would buy one for my home. I like the warmth of the colors and the overall design is very appealing.
In my final selection of patchwork quilts I chose the above as it uses such wonderful textured patches and the use of the deep rustic colors of Autumn are just so appealing. I have to say that if I was out looking for a patchwork quit the one above would be high up on the list.
So here we have a few examples of patchwork quilts, some handmade and some manufactured. Since originally viewing Paula’s work I have learned a great deal, not only about the art of making such wonderful items, but also in my own perception of these and how that perception has completely changed – and all thanks to the wonderful work of Paula. See it goes to show you that one person can make a difference and that’s what I love so much about my job – it’s the individuals that really open my eyes up to a whole new world.
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