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Five years ago on a trip to NYC I came across the store Purl Soho. In the window was an amazing quilt in fabulous prints. That gorgeous quilt turned out to be Single Girl by Denyse Schmidt in her fabric collection Katie Jumps Rope.
So started my love of quilting.
Soon I was reading books and searching online for various piecing and quilting techniques. I’ve taken classes at my local fabric and quilt shops, from hand quilting to improv piecing. I learn something new every time I turn on my sewing machine.
I joined the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild 3 years ago and really enjoy the learning and camaraderie of being a part of this group. I’ve gone from making lap sized quilts to making a King sized quilt. Eek!
I work with a variety of fabrics, both pattern and solids in my quilts. I’ve used Quilting Cotton, Voile, Cotton Lawn, Linen and Denim. I’m in the process of making a Scrap Improv quilt, a Double Disappearing Nine Patch quilt, and a large Half-Square Triangle quilt. I recently finished a lap sized Half-Square Triangle quilt using Kona solids for Stitch Modern the EBMQG show. Yes, I like a lot of different quilt styles (see more here), Hexys are next on my list…. : )
In February I attended QuiltCon and it was amazing! I’ve attended Quilt shows before, but this one really spoke to me. It was great to share time with friends and fellow quilty people. I saw some great lectures and talks by designers and quilt makers, all encouraging you to do it your way. You can see some of these fabulous talks on Craftsy here.
Part of the purpose of this post is to write about what quilt fabric I like and don’t like. I find that hard to do, I like so many! Sure, there are some designs that I am instantly drawn to and love. Here Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt firstly come to mind.
I have a love for Japanese fabrics and love the painter feel of Nani Iro and the graphicness of Echino. I also have a huge appreciation for Liberty of London fabrics. Looking at all these gorgeous fabrics I see that I can be drawn to fabrics that have a more defined style or a lovely loose painterly style, though all of them have a wonderful palette. A fabulous color palette gets me every time.
If I’m going to put lots of time and effort into making something like a quilt, I want it to be something that I’ll enjoy looking at and using years from now. That doesn’t mean that it all has to be pretty, I like quirky too.
There are of course fabrics that I’m not drawn to, those that tend to be more murky in pattern and tone. While there are some lovely Batiks, there are some that seem to get too dank and blobby. It’s all a matter of personal taste. I’d buy Batiks in a sarong, but I really don’t want to sew them into a quilt. What’s funny here is that my high school art major work was an appliquéd wall hanging… out of batik fabric that I made….
I feel like I’ll always be a student of fabric and am researching continuously. Looking at new and old at the same time. Coming from a graphic design background, I find I tend to work in a style that suits the project or collection. My designs might have a more graphically defined style or a loose painterly style, but I hope that you will always see my hand, design sensibility and color sense.