Sunday, 12 February 2012

Primitiva Patchwork

A very good friend of mine turns forty in a few weeks, and I would like to make her something special. She is a big fan of Orla Kiely, and has some nice retro features in her living room. Many of her accent colours in that room are orange, which is tricky for me as it's not a colour I would naturally choose to work with. When we were there at Christmas, my friend commented on how much she likes the combination of orange and purple. Well, the purple side of that I can definitely go with!

I had a good hunt around online, and stumbled across this fabulous range, Primitiva by Jane Dixon. My six fat quarters arrived in the post, in all their orange and purple-ness...

The fabrics looked like a good choice, and I searched around online for some inspiration for my design. However, while I found several blogs about the fabric range, I could only find one item that anyone had made with it. I decided it needed a plain colour in the mix, and came across this in John Lewis:

I didn't have the fabrics with me at the time, but was relieved to find they match well. Or, at least, four of them do!

Where there is orange in the fabric, it seems to go nicely with the solid pumpkin colour. However, the two others just lose something...

I put them up against the only plain purple I had in the cupboard, and they seemed much better that way.

Looks like it will be a quilt of four parts Primitiva to one part Pumpkin!


  1. Love the purple, (cos when you grow old you wear purple!!!) but knowing you, the orange and purple will look stunning together x

  2. I love the pumpkin color!! ...and thanks for your kind comment on my blog!