Thoughts on quilting and the quilt fabric marketplace with Kim Andersson

KimAndersson2Firstly, thank you for all your votes in the Readers Choice Award. It was an amazing feeling to win! : ) Thank you lovely judges for your votes and helpful feedback. I CAN’T BELIEVE I WON!

OK, back to the post… : )

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…. : )

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‘Diamond Life’ – my quilt for Stitch Modern (front and back)

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 ButlerAnna Maria HornerDenyse Schmidt firstly come to mind.

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Favorite fabric (from left) by Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner.

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.

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Favorite fabric (from left) by Echino, Nani Iro and Liberty of London.

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.

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Favorites from left: Tsuru by Rashida Coleman-Hale, Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander, Mirror Ball Dots by Michael Miller Fabrics, Neo Dot by Michael Miller Fabrics.

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….

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Artwork in high school… many moons ago.

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.

Cheers,
Kim.

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Fabric coming soon by Kim Andersson ; )

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4 comments on “Thoughts on quilting and the quilt fabric marketplace with Kim Andersson

  1. I am drooling over Kim’s fabric stash! I also can’t wait to get my hands on some of her prints – GORGEOUS!

  2. Nice post, Kim! Your stash is very impressive and I like hearing about the industry from your quilter’s point of view also.

  3. Lovely post, Kim. How fun to see Diamond life on here. Photos can’t capture just how exquisite the details are, so glad I got to see it live. Your upcoming collection is quite stunning, and I adore your graphic, colorful style! Thanks, too, for sharing your stash and designers who inspire you. I learn about someone new every time!

  4. Great post kim- great pictures and WOW what a stash!!! Very inspiring! Also WOW love that wall hanging– you made that in highschool? you go! really awesome. Great patterns for your collection too!!!

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