Quilts and Quilt Fabric…

I adore quilts and quilting.  My mother is a master quilter (you can see her work at http://appleavenuequilts.blogspot.com/) and the quilts she has made for me mean so much.  Every night when I sleep under the multiple beautiful quilts she and my grandmother have made for me over the years, I feel safe and secure knowing that someone loves me enough to spend countless hours designing, cutting and sewing just for me.   I have tried my hand at piecing and, though I enjoy it, I definitely have not had enough practice to become good at that skill.  However, I think it is really important to at least try making a quilt if you want to design quilting fabric.  It gives you a much better idea why quilt fabric lines are designed with varying scales, pattern densities and visual arrangements.

Here’s one of my attempts at making quilt blocks:

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Not terrible for a beginner, but certainly not good!

Until I started researching for this blog post I never realized what kind of fabrics I like.  I usually just walk into a quilt store and purchase a few things I like without really thinking about my whole fabric collection.  Gathering and sorting images for this post made me realize that I tend to lean towards folksy, 1950′s and 1960′s inspired prints as well as prints either reproduced from or inspired by small early 1900′s prints.  I LOVE what is happening in Japanese linen right now, particularly anything by the bran Kokka!  Japanese linen currently has a way of pulling off adorable without making it saccharin sweet.  If I had to describe the overarching theme of the fabrics I like it would come down to one word: CUTE.

Here’s some of my favorite Japanese linens:

Ballerina Cheater from the Trefle collection by Kokka, Linen Retro Kitchen Birds by Kokka, Linen Flower Mushroom Border by Kokka, Japanese Linen Cars, Bus Fabric by Echino

Ballerina Cheater from the Trefle collection by Kokka, Linen Retro Kitchen Birds by Kokka, Linen Flower Mushroom Border by Kokka, Japanese Linen Cars, Bus Fabric by Echino

Here are a few of my favorite early 1900′s inspired prints:

Storybook Classics Yellow Bubblegum Flower by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics, Naptime Camellia Bitty Bunnies by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Grace in a Pickle Cream Flower Dots by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabrics, Glamping Honey Bee Social Butterfly by Mary Jane Butters for Moda Fabrics, Cat and Bird in Blue by Anyan for Yuwa

Storybook Classics Yellow Bubblegum Flower by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics, Naptime Camellia Bitty Bunnies by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Grace in a Pickle Cream Flower Dots by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Brothers Fabrics, Glamping Honey Bee Social Butterfly by Mary Jane Butters for Moda Fabrics, Cat and Bird in Blue by Anyan for Yuwa

I also love prints with a very graphic quality.  Here’s a few:

Viewfinders Fabric by Melody Miller for Kokka Fabric, Clementine Pink Duck Walk by Dear Stella Fabrics, 2wenty Thr3e Petal Admit One 2wenty Thr3e by Eric and Julie Comstock of Cosmo Cricket for Moda Fabrics,  More Happy Dishes Go With Me  byMelody Miller

Viewfinders Fabric by Melody Miller for Kokka Fabric, Clementine Pink Duck Walk by Dear Stella Fabrics, 2wenty Thr3e Petal Admit One 2wenty Thr3e by Eric and Julie Comstock of Cosmo Cricket for Moda Fabrics,  More Happy Dishes Go With Me  byMelody Miller

As for what fabrics I dislike, my biggest pet peeve is fabric that uses many bright, flashy colors with white accents and no true dark or defining colors.  I’m also not a huge fan of fabrics featuring illustrations of people that are very realistic and detailed (I prefer a more stylized approach.)  I do not care for fabrics that feature licensed characters that have simply been slapped on without much care for composition or orientation.

Where do I fit in this quilt fabric world?  Honestly, I would probably say that I fit into the more ‘cute’ categories. I would like to be able to design for anyone, to be able to be a bit of chameleon based on what was needed.  But I know that may not be the smartest way to start.  It seems that in this blog and social networking saturated reality we live in now you have to have a signature style to gain traction.  Perhaps I could start with trying to be known for cute fabrics and then design other styles under a different name?  Time will tell.  I figure I’ll just keep building my portfolio and see how it all shakes out….

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2 comments on “Quilts and Quilt Fabric…

  1. Jessica! That quilt you got on the go is SO nice!!!!! WOW! Love the palette and also the form– you did some tricky moves with triangles and got some gorgeous curves!!! Beautiful- cant wait to see the whole quilt.. no pressure! ; )and I too am a big fan of the kawaii japanese textiles… consistently seriously adorable and desirable!!! I think your work fits in beautifully with that aesthetic! How awesome that your mum is a master quilter, and your grandma too– you are so lucky.

  2. Nice post, Jessica! that cat and bird print is really adorable and thanks for introducing me to the Japanese linens. I like your idea of a pen name for different styles. Your mom’s site is nice too… and she’s really proud of you!

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