Pleasure of the Week 2: Cutting Corners

This is my Patchwork Radiator Disguiser. I love the comfort that this radiator brings on cold winter evenings but I dislike the look of it. Old-fashioned radiators may have been less efficient but they were certainly more attractive. Now the problem is solved with a patchwork which hangs on a bamboo cane and can be drawn back and forth as necessary.

One of the most fiddly things to make in patchwork are sharp, pointy angles. Anything less than 90 degrees and there is a problem of too much fabric to tuck neatly behind the corner. Possibly that’s why so many traditional British patchworks were made using hexagons. But, like so many things that are just out of reach (to the shoddy sewer that I am), I’m drawn to these sharp points – diamonds, stars and even little triangles attract me, possibly because of their seeming impossibility. I have used them in the past but usually as a single centrepiece or in small areas of the main quilt.

Finally I have solved the problem, at least for some points. Rather than creating the tiny triangles I made two squares and stitched the smaller one at right angles on top of the larger one. Hey presto! Triangles with none of the faff.

Similarly to create the sharp corners of each panel I simply stitched the edging fabric over the top. It means pinning the panels in place but this is an easy task compared with eight sharp points for each panel.   

Jane

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