Behind the studio door…
September 4, 2014 § 17 Comments
Recently, I was talking with a good friend about the fact that I have a hard time telling anyone about my quilts that end up in magazines. I admit it. I’m afraid. I’m afraid that no one will like them. Or worse yet, that someone will find a mistake or flaw in my design. Heaven forbid! I need to remember that lots of different people have lots of different tastes. And we can all make mistakes. Besides, it’s just a quilt. It’s not anything that has us hanging on between life or death. Away with you, my terrible insecurities!
And additionally, the quilts are often made in a mad rush to meet a deadline. Then I can’t say anything for several months until the magazine is released. Never-the-less, there is still a process from inspiration to actual finished quilt that might be worth sharing. So I’m going to make a better effort to document & share what I have been working on.
The most recent quilt is this one. It is made with Clothwork’s American Made Brand solids. The pattern is in the current September 2014 issue of American Quilter. They are also offering a kit, if you are interested. Let me just say that I have enjoyed working with these solid fabrics!
The fabric is 100% cotton that is not only manufactured here in the U.S. but it is also grown in the U.S. They feel lovely. Almost like a linen. But not a linen. The quilt has not yet made it’s way back to me so I can’t tell you how it feels after washing and using. But I’m anxious to do just that.
As for the process… when I design quilts for an entire line of fabric, I really try to make use of as much of it as possible. If the fabric is printed, then I often look for something within the prints themselves that inspire me. But sometimes, I am in a particular mood or caught in particular style of quilt or block. For awhile I was really into flying geese and many of my quilts ended up with flying geese in them somewhere.
For this fabric I was drawn to the color and really wanted to feature ALL of the colors that are available in the American Made solids. (I only used 25 for the blocks + 3 more for the sashing) And then the secondary inspiration is that I was/am caught up with the soft and light valued quilts. I made this quilt in April. Spring was coming. I was staring at my low volume quilt and longing for something soft and fresh. Or maybe the gray & rainy weather was getting to me. Hence, this quilt was born. Which, for a lack of a better name, became Kaleidoscope. I REALLY need help when it comes to naming on such a short notice! The names never come to me until much later. Or even sometimes at the last minute as I begin to type about them here on my blog. (Even now, I don’t know what to call this quilt)
And that, my friends, is how this quilt came to be. I hope you enjoyed me rambling on and on about it. And I will try to overcome my shyness about what ends up in a magazine.