Submitted by Liz M.
Do you use a certain fabric or group of fabrics to create your quilts? Or, do you use your scraps to begin your work? Do you select the pattern or the fabrics first? Every quilter does things their own way.
I am working to use some of my stash this year. As I was tidying my fabrics, I came across a yard of an Alison Glass print that I purchased because I loved it. Did I have a quilt in mind when I bought it? No, but it was blue and different than most fabrics I had. I paired it with a simple pattern by Robin Pickens, “Jubilant Song”, that uses larger scale fabrics. I originally planned to use the pattern with a red or blue background for a Christmas/Winter quilt. I wanted to pair the Alison Glass fabric with a background that wasn’t white or grey but didn’t have anything in my stash. So, off to the quilt shop I went!
I was lucky to have my small group with me as they helped me stretch outside my usual default color selections. We used the focus print to pull the rest of the fabrics. The background will be a limey green and the other two large blocks will be squares and circles in similar colors. The sashing will be periwinkle! Definitely no white or grey in this quilt!
I do not have any idea of who or where this quilt will be used but I am excited to sew with these fabrics and see what I learn!
Jen Kingwell, an Australian fabric and quilt designer, combines hundreds of fabrics in her quilts. She discusses how she pulls her fabrics and why her quilts look coherent in this short YouTube video.Jen Kingwell YouTube Video
How do you start your quilt projects? Pattern or fabric first? Let us know in the comments!