Prairie Queen Classic Quilt

Patchwork is a traditional form of fabric art already widespread in our country and known by artisans. For those who don’t know it, it is the technique that uses the junction of fabric scraps forming blocks that can (or cannot) follow specific patterns. Each block is joined to form what is called the “top” of the work. The top is added to a blanket and a lining, which are secured by quilting (a technique that stitches the whole piece, forming soft reliefs) and transformed into a beautiful and traditional patchwork work. 😉

For Fá Giandoso Patchwork is a form of personal fulfillment, fun and also a source of income. She is behind the São Paulo Modern Quilt Guild, a Brazilian group that brings together enthusiasts of the technique. The proposal is to give a current touch to the traditional technique. Far from being that “grandma’s patchwork”, the works that the group proposes are contemporary and urban. The group represents here in Sao Paulo the Modern Quilt Guilds, which are groups spread around the world that spread the idea of modern Patchwork and Quilt, the exchange of experiences and the joy of doing what you love. F explains to us this new way of doing Patchwork and Quilting:

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What is modern patchwork? They are works with an urban aesthetic, with references to architecture and design. The negative spaces – that area between each block – are highly valued and light colors are used to brighten up the piece. Improvisation, free quilting, minimalism, and graphics are allowed! What is the difference between modern and traditional Patchwork? The principle of modern patchwork is to put fun first. We want a “possible patchwork”, that anyone can practice with a lot of joy and nice results. You have to like what you do and feel pleasure in your work! We respect and use several techniques of traditional patchwork, with less rigidity in the forms and more freedom in creating, leaving room for improvisation. Freedom is fundamental!

Patchwork and patchwork are not, necessarily, the same thing. There are conceptual differences between them. Understand what patchwork is, find out what a quilt is, and learn a little history of this wonderful art. What does patchwork mean? Is it the same thing as patchwork? What is a quilt? Literally, in English, the term “patchwork” means (patch = piece, portion; work = work) work with pieces, where pieces of fabric are sewn together to form a pattern. Splicing patches together does not mean that you will end up with a wonderful, complete work of Patchwork. Sewing patches is only one of the activities that make up the art of patchwork.

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PATCHWORK AND PATCHWORK. The patchwork quilt has no planning. In grandma’s time, we used the scraps left over from various previous jobs, such as personal clothes, sheets, and towels, and we pieced them together in a way that made use of those scraps. The result was almost always a quilt with chaotic color combinations, not always harmonious and without planned and aesthetic designs. In the patchwork quilt, the old-fashioned way, only patches are joined together. Patchwork, on the other hand, uses planning and studies to arrive at complex designs with colors in harmony. It is not simple “patchwork” that is used. Pieces of fabric are obtained from cuts in whole fabrics. You buy fabrics, often imported and expensive, especially for this. Different techniques are used to make a patchwork work. One uses color theory to achieve balance. It is perhaps no exaggeration to say that Patchwork is the poor cousin, while Patchwork is the rich cousin. A Patchwork quilt would be a spontaneous exercise. If it begins to be programmed, it ceases to be a patchwork and becomes a patchwork.


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