I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew by Rashida Coleman-Hale. Interweave Press (December 1, 2009).

Rashida Coleman-Hale writes an inspiring blog at Iheartlinen where she showcases her linen and patchwork sewn goods. I fell in love with this blogs minimal style and so was excited to see that she has written a book. The book has a definite Japanese aesthetic, with simple sweet projects, a minimal style incorporate natural materials and cute fabrics.

The projects in the book are mostly simple – with a few suitable for more advanced sewists, but none really that are too hard. As you might guess from the title the projects are patchwork based – but not necessarily quilts – there are cushions, toys and aprons and a couple of simple quilted throws.

I will let the pics do the talking as they are lovely too!


Yummy linen scarf! Link to tutorial.


Love the use of the vintage doily here. Link to tutorial.

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Great idea for carrying around that reusable water bottle. Link to tutorial.


I *cough* have a stash of cotton/linen gingham. I have some ideas what to do with it, one is to make a chicken scratch embroidered table cloth/runner. THEN I saw this over at I Heart Linen. GREAT idea! There’s a couple of awesome links at the bottom of this post as well. Link.