Monday, 12 March 2012

Challenge #30 week of 12th March 2010

I've just realised that I'm back on trend! ;-) No, really! Although even I find that hard to believe. But I've been looking around and keeping my eyes open and it's true. Even shapes have their time. And mine is back, or rather has been back for some time but I've only just realised.

Now you might be wondering what on earth I'm talking about but I want you to take a look at this rather ugly piece of patchwork here:

Would you be surprised to learn that this is about 35 years old? Well, the very centre of it is anyway. I learnt to patchwork by hand when I was about 8 with my grandmother. I couldn't make enough. And hexagons were my shape of choice. I never got into the more regular square shape, even though I'm sure it's quicker and easier. I started this piece here when I was about 9 and when I look at that very first circle right in the middle, I can tell it was stitched by a child! Let me tell you, it's not pretty! But anyway, to cut a long story short, this "quilt" has never been finished. I would pick it up and go crazy adding a ring or some flowers and then put it away for literally years. Now when I look at it, it's UGLY. But this wasn't the only thing I created at that time - anything that could be made from fabric got its own Laura Ashley patchwork version. Remember, it was the 70s after all :-)

So, what's this got to do with anything anyway? Well, you might have noticed that hexagons became very popular in scrapbooking about a year ago. I'm not really sure who brought it out on paper first (maybe SC?) and then came the chevrons (one of my faves right now) and just yesterday on Pinterest I noticed diamonds too - and I know that our very own Leslie created a diamond focused layout a for challenge #27 so she's right on trend too!

Celine Navarro for SC (here

A Pinterest find that links to a blog "Apriltwoeighty" which looks just gorgeous and appealed to my hexagon patchworking side although she's far more talented and up to date than I ever was :-)

A page by Waleska for JBS (here) and there are some other gorgeous layouts on the same page including a lovely hexagon based one. 

And here's a selection of products that follow the same trend.

Studio Calico

Studio Calico

My Mind's Eye


Crafter's workshop

Echo Park
So the challenge this week is to incorporate this trend for geometrics into your scrapping in some way - paper, design, technique etc. 

Can't wait to see what you create over at our Flickr group (here) with the tag WM#10.

Have a great week everyone!


  1. Hi, I came over to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment to discover you are a patchworker... I am not sure if you noticed I am doing an on line quilting course with craftsy (I am a beginner) so far I have managed 3 different ones and currently working on no. 4. This is fabulous and very complicated.... I have no idea how my quilt will be made, we do squares with different techniques for 10 months and then the last two months we put it all togegther. Amy Gibson is a great teacher and I am loving it.

    K x

  2. Hi Lisa..just wanted to thank you for dropping by my blog and for your lovely comments...great post on geometrics-and I'm always very envious when I come across those of you who can sew, as well as make fab scrapbook LOs !
    Alison xx


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