14 March 2010
I think I finally got this fabric pile right.
It just needed that shot of blue. And, you know, for Joel Dewberry to release his new line (that's where the bottom fabric came from).
Part of my design process is leaving stacks of fabric around the house. I think a lot of quilters do this...leave fabrics combinations out, letting them be seen by the corner of one's eye at odd moments, because the corner of one's eye knows things the rest of it may not. And odd moments, well, those are the best moments, aren't they?
I'm teaching two friends of mine to quilt and our first meeting was Saturday. Mostly we talked about picking fabrics. My piles came in very useful for illustrating how I find what works for me and how you have to look past the prettiness of any given print to see the role it will play in a quilt. I kept pulling my piles down, shuffling them around, pulling out important fabrics and then putting them back in. I'm not sure how much my friends learned from it, but I had fun and they did make excellent choices when we went to the fabric store.
I've always tried to make my own fabric combinations rather than rely on fabric designers to do it for me. To me it is just a way to dig down deeper into the design element of quilting. Using fabrics that are all from the same line has always posed two problems: (1) I miss the fun of putting the colors and patterns together myself, and (2) the quilt ends up looking too commercial/corporate/mass produced for my taste.
However, sometimes, I'm sorely tempted make a quilt wholly or mostly from one fabric line. Anna Maria Horner's fabrics have been known to affect me thus. And Cloud 9's upcoming line "Beyond the Sea" is also just so well combined and fresh and lovely that it begs to be a quilt on its own.
I've been swamped with work and migraine-addled, so not much quilting progress has been made other than late night shuffling around in the stash and adjusting of piles, but I am about to have this quilt finished...
And I've cut into my Beyond the Sea fabrics (yep, yep, I talked my way into getting them before the official release...why? I'll tell you later!)
I hope to find time for actual sewing soon. If not, I can always get my daily quilting fix by making a few more piles!