I am a life-long admirer of quilts- starting with my baby quilt (lanky)- which i still have in tatters, as well as Lanky Two which I re-backed with some fabric I made in art school and my babies now use!
I love “outsider” quilts such as the exquisite quilts of Gee’s Bend.
I have attempted several quilts- some I have even finished (gave them all away! no pics!), although I do have at least 5 still underway in my studio at the moment. My approach to quilting has always been to use up scraps from other sewing projects, or old clothes that are too worn to wear but too dear to throw away. Over the years of my screen printed fabric design business we collected a LOT of scraps of a LOT of colorful silks and cotton velvets- so I have a couple of quilts on the go from these beauties.
I just read a very motivating modern quilting book- Sunday Morning Quilts which is all about the scrap possibilities. I’ve been ploughing through books on quilting from the library and this one is my favourite so far.
I have been sloooowly over many years collecting for a quilt made up of brand-new, unused patterned fabric, nervous to cut it up as it’s quite expensive and so lovely: Liberty tana lawn.
Of all the quilting fabric on the market today, I love Liberty tana lawn the best- it’s SO soft and silky and fantastic. The patterns consistently appeal to me- I love the colours and I’m a total sucker for their florals. Here are just a few right now that I need to work with soon… (Click on the image for more info…)
Before I was involved in Repeat(ed), I was woefully under-informed about the quilting fabric scene- and I have learned a TON about the various manufacturers making fabric for quilters these days. I just read Kaffe Fassett’s autobiography, Dreaming in Colour- a total page turner, highly recommended- and I love many of his quilting fabrics for the UK company Westminster/Rowan. I am drawn to his colour palette- the hot pinks and rich reds are pretty irresistible.
I like a lot of Japanese fabrics available to quilters, my main go-to for these is superbuzzy.com- their books and crafty kits are off the charts too. Heaven. Here are some of the Japanese fabrics I’m eyeing at the moment…
I also admire individual designers including the judges of this competition! One of the major factors that motivated me to apply was the incredible line up of talent in the judge pool- even in my quilt world ignorance I was aware of Amy Butler ‘s luscious fabrics and patterns, as well Kim Kight, her awesome blog, True Up, and her really useful book A Field Guide to Fabric Design.
I’m not a huge fan of the holiday-themed fabrics on the market. Santa, pumpkins, witches and easter bunnies… just not my cup of tea. I like to keep an open mind though and I love being surpised by something I thought I wouldn’t like. We did this amazing exercise once when I was in my first year of art college, where we chose two colours that we did not like together. I chose baby blue and beige. Then we all talked about what we liked about our choices. My friend Lisa said mine reminded her of the sand and the sky and in that moment I LOVED that colour combo, and I have ever since- and I always think about this when I react negatively to a pattern or colour palette. It’s so cool how re-framing something can change how we feel about it.
As far as my pattern designs go, I think my work fits in best with the smaller design houses, like Cloud9 or Echino,
I also think Alexander Henry could be a good fit.
Generally I find my style fits best in the European or Japanese (kawaii!) manufacturing scene. Here are a few examples of my work over at Spoonflower…
I have learned so much about the vibrant contemporary quilting world in these last couple of months and now more than ever I wish I had 300 extra hours in a week JUST for sewing… Hope you have enjoyed my musings!! Happy quilting!!!!