Pretty patchwork

I must admit I’ve never been a big fan of Cath Kidston. I know many people love her prints, but I’ve often thought them a bit busy, and a bit overly-sweet. However…when a friend asked me to make a quilt for her little girl with a Cath Kidston fabric bundle that she’d bought a while ago, I jumped at the chance. And once I had started cutting into the fabric and arranging the pieces, I really started to get on board with the florals, and the combinations of blues, pinks, greens and reds. In fact I was so pleased with how well the prints work together that I’ve bought another bundle so I can make a couple of quilts for the shop.

And the strawberries?? I just love them!

Cath Kidston prints

Mixed together, the prints make a very pretty patchwork – the blues and greens in the fabric tone down the pink, giving it a sweet, feminine feel. I’m planning on adding a creamy-white border all of the way around the patchwork, and binding it with red spotty fabric. More photos to follow once it’s finished!

Cath Kidston


Fabric love

Look what arrived in the post yesterday… two gorgeous bundles of fabric to replenish my stash.

The first bundle makes me think of springtime and Easter eggs.

Springtime colours

(From top to bottom: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Playful Dots Blue – Fig Tree Quilts for Moda; Pebble Stripe Sky, Circa 52 – Monaluna for Birch Organic Fabrics; Blue on Blue Spot – Durham Collection by Brenda Riddle, Lecien Japan; Simpatico Straws Minty and Pinkish – Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud 9 Fabrics; Orchid Mini Dots – Michael Miller Fabrics. All purchased here.)

The second bundle includes some of my current favourite fabrics – the little birdies from Lotta Jansdotter’s Bella collection are very jolly, and I adore the floral print – from the Ladies Stitching Garden collection by Oliver + S for Moda. In fact I love it so much I am stashing some in case I ever need a baby girl quilt of my own… I already have one quilt underway using some of these fabrics, but the blues and greens in this bundle work so well together that I think I will need to make another!

Fabric love

(From left to right: Children At Play Blue Dots – Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics; Bella Birds in Teal – Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics; Ladies Stitching Garden, Bouquet in Light Blue – Oliver + S for Moda; three Lecien Colour Basics prints – Maxi in Green Mist, Midi in Sky Blue, Teeny Tiny Dots in Soft Green; Tiny Dots in Cornflower Blue – Stof. All purchased here.)