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© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

There is a sprinkling of japonica flowers in my patchwork hedge – I can’t decide if they’re early or late. The leaves are turning yellow or have already dropped and there is a rather impressive display of crabapples in the hedge too.

I created this dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe last Spring.

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012


Yesterday’s rain made the roses sparkle with droplets of water in the sun. I wished I’d picked a bunch in the morning but looking down on them from the sunroom window gave me an idea. I pulled out the cotton yo-yo flowers I’d made with no particular project in mind – in my imagination they have been a quilt, embellished numerous things and been teamed with vintage bamboo handles for a bag.

Patchwork and I have always had a lot of false starts – the only ones I’ve ever finished have been for gifts as baby quilts – I wonder if it’s because I’ve had a finite size and deadline to work within? Mostly I enjoy the process of playing with colour and pattern, by not making the pieces into something gives the opportunity to play again.

Yesterday’s idea is the perfect way to use them – on display to enjoy but easily rearranged and re-imagined.

A Fiori

patchwork tunic© Sandra Alcorn 2012

I love hedges and there are some great old ones in my neighbourhood – some with crisp lines and some overgrown in undulating curves. My front garden has a patchwork hedge, it changes with the seasons but at this time of year is a riot of colour – peachy orange japonica, white and mauve lilacs, crab apple blossom, magenta beauty bush and blousy creamy pink roses rambling through it. Reminds me of New York fashion designer Anna Sui’s clothes -a little bit romantic nostalgia and a little bit rock and roll glam.

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