Pieced Pockets

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Quite a few years ago (early 1990s?) Jackie Robinson was on holiday in Australia with her family, and I was lucky enough to be able to share an afternoon with her, along with a few members of two quilt groups. This was before she wrote the book, but Jackie was kind enough to show us how she was piecing folded fabric into the seams of patchwork to create little pockets, and to use these pockets to create block designs.

I went home and made up some sample bits and pieces so I would remember what she had showed us. I used these bits and pieces when two of us shared what we had learned to other members of one of the groups. Robyn made her sample bits into a wallhanging, Until now mine were in a box with some scribbled notes..

I took the box and some cream fabric to the August 2009 Hi-Fibre Retreat at Pt Hughes, and pieced the samples into fabric pages, and sandwiched them ready to construct a book.

In the photos of the pages some magnets have be placed in the pockets so that you can see where the pocket opens in each of the samples. The photos of individual pages were taken before I added cutting details onto the pages with a pen, because I thought there was every chance I would make mistakes stuff up and have to cross out bits and pieces on the pages, just like my scribbles on bits of paper or in more conventional scrap books.

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PIECED POCKETS

Each of these use a base square of fabric and a folded square of contrast folded either on the diagonal or straight.

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Two folded squares placed over a rectangle.

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SQUARE WITHIN A SQUARE

One large square with four folded squares placed on each corner.

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Equal sized squares folded over the base, the first two on opposite sides of the base, the third one has the folded squares on adjacent corners.

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WINDMILL, or DUTCH WINDMILL

Pinwheels constructed using the folded squares on adjacent corners of the base.

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KEYHOLE

Four folded squares placed on a base square, with the bias folds folded back to reveal a small keyhole in the centre.

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FOLDED GEESE

A square is folded in halves, then folded so that all raw edges are together, and placed over a rectangle.

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PINWHEEL

Squares folded for inserts as the last example, inserted into the seams of a four patch.

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PINWHEEL STAR

A double folded square is stitched into the seam between two squares, then pressed to one side of the seam, or flattened over teh seam.

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STAR POINTS

Two rectangles are folded in half and then cought in the seams between two more rectangles. Ideal for the points of Ohio Star, as the two foundation rectangles can be contrast colours.

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BOW TIES

To me this is the classic use for 3D patchwork.

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A double page spread showing the 3 steps required to make the 3D Bow Ties

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SQUARE WITHIN A SQUARE

Same construction as the knot of the bow tie, but with a bigger square for the inserted piece.

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SQUARE WITHIN A SQUARE

Using four squares folded in half diagonally, one on each corner of teh foundation square. Because the fold is on the bias of teh fabric it can be easily folded back to make a slight curve.

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FALSE CATHEDRAL WINDOW

Same construction as the Bow tie using a bigger square for the insert, then folding the bias edges back. The folds can be held in place with a few stitches in the centre.

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The pages were joined toghther much as the Colouring book, except that this time I secured each page as I stitched it to the pile, and left a little room between the pages so the book would open flat.

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I could have added beads to keep the spaces even, but it seemed to work without them.

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Otherwise the book was constructed the same way as the Colouring Book, but with the threads secured and hidden instead of the bows on the front

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So now all those scrappy samples are housed in my 3D piecing sampler book ……… and as a result of making this book I will be showing a group of girls at next years retreats how to do some of these bits and pieces …………..

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………. or I will just give them the book and let them work it out for themselves!

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4 thoughts on “Pieced Pockets

    • Robbie, I have a large cone of cream upholstery thread, and used that. However, I would have used a crochet thread if the upholstery thread hadn’t been an option. (I used to know an upholsterer and he sold me a cone of both black and cream at wholesale price many moons ago ….. it is a very strong polyester thread which has hung many decorations on Christmas trees, quilted a few quilts when I wanted to use big stitches, strung together a button charm string of over 1,000 buttons, held many dolls together …………. very useful, but I suspect rather a luxury item to buy retail!) Judy B

  1. Having seen this book in reality now I get to see it virtually too.
    It looks great both ways, not surprising as it IS terrific.

    You do have my name down to do this workshop don’t you?

    Sandy

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