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Patchwork and Quilted Gifts

Martha Stewart Living, October 2007

The following text is excerpted from "Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts" by Joelle Hoverson.

I own two shops in New York City: Purl, a yarn shop, and Purl Patchwork, a fabric shop. At Purl Patchwork, customers often ask me to explain the difference between patchwork and quilting. Patchwork refers to an item made of two or more fabrics sewn together to create a visual pattern. Quilting refers to the stitching that holds three layers of fabric together (the top piece is often patchwork, the middle is usually cotton batting, and the bottom is usually a plain fabric).

I love giving patchwork and quilted gifts to the special people in my life. The tradition dates to the early days of our foremothers, when communities would come together to create elaborate quilts for weddings, births, and other commemorative events. Today, few of us have time to create such elaborate gifts, yet our wish to express ourselves through this type of stitchery remains. For that reason, I am happy to present these projects, which draw upon that same creativity and generosity but fit the time constraints of our modern lifestyles-projects we can get to and even finish on time.

Quilted Coaster Set
Follow-the-Lines Baby Quilt
Patchwork Tablecloth and Napkins
Pieced Pillow

Photographs reprinted from "Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts" by Joelle Hoverson.

137 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212-420-8796

Purl Patchwork
147 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212-420-8798

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