5 hours ago
Monday, 27 June 2011
all the single ladies
The fruits of the quilt along have ripened and fallen from the tree and now I'm eating them all up. Yum.
I kind of wish I'd have gone bigger. But I can always make another, can't I?
To break some cool kid rules I used something that you don't see too often on the blogs of 'our crew' these days. They get sniffed at and usually result in sneers. I would bet big money that in a swap most of you have specifically said you don't want them used. (I hold my hands up - I have).
What are they?
Yep. I mixed in batiks I got from the really great Flare Fabrics in Canada (Marlene has some really cool fabrics, not just batiks. You should check her out) with my favourite 3 lines from this past year. Sarah Fielke's from little things, Tula Pink's Parisville and Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush. The batiks really go well, I think. The colours blend in so beautifully and the beauty of batiks is the texture they add. The fabric is so different all over, so you can cut randomly and get a heap of different looking tones and shades.
I'm trying to think outside the comfort zone these days - hence the kona raisin as a background instead of failsafe charcoal and the batiks. I really, really love the result. I love how the different fabrics play together and I love the little surprise element of the batiks. Long armed Chris (my quilter) made a quilt using just batiks and innocent crush and I love it. I'll have to ask her if I can get a photo next time I go over. I think it's my favourite quilt I've seen in a long, long time. The colours are so rich and gorgeous and it's amazing - but just a simple churn dash block. It would go perfectly in my house too - maybe I could distract her by pointing to the ceiling and tuck it up my sweater like they do in cartoons? Chris is a 'proper' quilter, I'm learning a lot from her just from popping over and chatting for a little while when I drop off quilt tops. If I was single and about 10 or 15 years younger I'd try and snaffle one of her sons so I could have her as my mother in law.
In totally unrelated news - I've booked my flights and hotel for Quilt Market in Houston this fall. And my friend Lu is coming too. SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!! (Yep, I'm pretty excited about that).
Posted by Katy Jones at 12:02
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