I've always loved quilts and patchwork (my Mum is a quiltmaker and I own some really beautiful examples of her intricate work) but for some reason I've never been tempted to make a traditional quilt myself.
I was thinking about this a while ago and realised that the aspects of textile craft that I truly love are: utility, colour, recycling and the soft, tactile nature of good (new or used) fabric.
But these are elements inherent in traditional patchwork/quilting (at least, what is in my mind the 'old-style' version of the craft, where textiles would be re-used and displayed in a creative manner to make unique bedding.)
Here is another confession: I don't like to use rotary cutters and a mat. My cutter slightly scares me and I never seem to put the mat away in an appropriate place so it's been buckled by the sun. And rulers aren't really my thing. This has always put me off from doing 'proper' patchwork. Not any more. I'm just going to do it anyway. (Sorry if this makes you cringe and roll your eyes, quilters!)
The other thing I did a while ago was look up 'Gee's Bend quilts' on Pinterest and that's what got me started on this red and blue patchwork. All the blocks are made from worn shirts and/or other cotton clothing (like the starry quilt in my book) The white cotton was a lovely big sheet that got caught on a rose bush near the washing line, so I'm pleased to be able to repurpose it.
I've made this pinterest board for inspiration: Piece by Piece.