My first attempt at patchwork went very much like my first go at most new things: dive in and learn from the process. And learn I did.
The squares are cut from Amy Butler's retired 'Forest' line that I've had for a few years. I collected the samples envisioning our new great room with creamy beige walls festooned with softly tailored window treatments, cushions, ottomans, and table linens in the adjacent dining area from a variety of the modern natural patterns. Since the line has been discontinued that won't be happening, but I'm considering her other home decor options.
My apron kick continues with this version of the same pattern [Butterick # 3983]. I like the feminine styling of the gentle taper at the bust line, and it was available after all. Here I cut away a section of the canvas to insert the patchwork strip. Using decor weight wasn't the best move, as it was a bit tricky to stitch through the thick seams without changing the needle.
Then there was the question of how to finish the inside edge of the exposed patchwork. I decided to carefully turn them under and secure with a line of top stitching on the front. That's where I felt a bit deflated by my inexperienced hands. Somehow my hand/machine coordination became much improved by the time I got to the apron ties. Should have done those first.
See now ... don't you think those fabrics look good with the Burberry beige walls? Well, even though 'Forest' won't be part of the furniture, when I wear my new apron it will still be a part of the decor.