Monday, 30 June 2014

A quilt for Dashwood

Wendy Kendall's first collection for Dashwood, Petite Street was an absolute winner in our eyes, so you can imagine how excited we were to hear that Dashwood had another of her collections in the pipeline.  Retro Orchard really does not disappoint.  It's vibrant and fresh and autumnal in a bright and zingy way that makes it all rather special. 
David, Creative Director at Dashwood asked if I would run them up a little wall quilt using Retro Orchard for the studio's summer open day. Chuffed, sums it up nicely!
Retro Orchard has a few prints that are quite large so a little fiddly design was not going to cut the mustard.  A nice stripey design seemed the obvious choice in order to let the fabrics shine.

So after a little fiddling about with the design ... 

... and a little more fiddling about ....

I finally settled on a layout. 
So here it is, outside my sunny front door, just before it was whisked over to Dashwood.

The Plum Flurry does such an amazing job of framing all those fantastically lush autumnal prints.


And I couldn't help but put this little fella in the bottom left hand corner!

Now I haven't got an orchard myself but I had to have a pic of it in front of the few fruit trees and raspberries I do have in my little garden.


On the back I used the two prints that didn't feature on the front.




  And here it is nestled in amongst the other lovely makes back at Dashwood. 'The Stacked Book' quilt, as David had christened it!

How cute is their Advent calendar panel .... and those reindeers!  Weird to see in June but so looking forward to making these up later in the year!

I totally LOVE what they've done with this coffee table.  It's actually resin covered fabric - completely waterproof, smooth and shiny!


If you've made anything with a Dashwood fabric, you can get in touch and share your makes with there here. They may even feature it on their blog.

It's the Sewcial again this Tuesday - seems like an age since the last one, so grab your stitching and head on down to St Anne's Hall in Wendover for 7.30pm tomorrow night. Jen's bringing some of her delicious cakes with her this time - you really don't want to miss those, trust me.  See you there!


  1. Your quilt is beautiful Rae. What a shame you had to hand it over! I just want to move into Dashwood Studio, it looks so pretty!

    1. I asked if I could rent it whilst we were looking for a house Sam, it even had an ironing board!

  2. What a gorgeous quilt! It looks fabulous and the little apple in the corner is a lovely touch.

  3. Beautiful fabric. Your quilt is lovely and looks great on the studio wall.

  4. Binding with the plum definitely a winner - Love it, love it, love it!!!!