I've just had a massive clean out of my fabric. Maybe I should say it was the filtering of my stash.
To be honest I do it every couple of years. I used to pile it all on the floor and ask my friends to come visit and it was like a feeding frenzy. However, I needed to make a statement and get rid of all the fabrics I that no longer figure in my genre of quilting.
I began quilting in the early 1990s. I worked with fabric every day as a fashion designer and I was very much aware of the age of a fabric by its design.
When I made my first quilt and I had my first lesson I made a pale pink and pale blue quilt. It was appliqué and had little pink bunnies on it and I've never quilted it, but I thought I was so clever.
My first official quilt
I learned how to make 4 patch and I was amazed that I could do it. I was also amazed at the satisfaction I got out of aligning those points and creating something from small pieces of fabric rather than creating a garment.
As you can see I never ever finished it because its hand quilted... well sort of..!
I loved those cute little roses on the fabric. FU FU I call it, which stands for Fairies Undies... its just a way to describe the pretty.
I was a designer by profession and I was surprised that I was beginning to think quilting! It gave me a bit of a shock really.
Quilting as a professional craft was relatively unknown in Australia. There were two quilt shops in our city and I began to look at it in a different light.
I signed up to do a 'sampler class' Indeed I guess that's the way we all began and I bought my first real 'quilting fabric'
Of course this isn't quilted either.
I think I went a bit overboard, its huge... but still I learned to do the basic blocks and my free block was a pig block... not what you normally see in a sampler.
I just loved hose fabrics and looking at them now, I still like them but they were oh, so 90's. Yes, these are some of the fabrics I decided to get rid of.
Then came time to design my own... I just loved the fabrics in this quilt. The quilting is minimum... but I was working on improving.
I used EQ4 to design the quilt and it opened up an entire new world to me.
I still like this quilt and I use it as a table covering sometime. I wonder whether I should quilt it more... then again it wouldn't be a 90's quilt!!!
I began to design my own quilts I got quite hooked on Christmas ones so I have lots!!!! I'm not sure if I designed this or it was a pattern from a book.
I bought Debbie Mumm. Hoffman and Robyn Pandolf. I bought wool and I've made a few wool quilts.
Then came the Civil War fabric, I had a huge stash, that has all gone too as are my Americana and Landscape fabrics.
My fabric choices and indeed the genre of my quilting has changed, I've evolved. I've mastered my machine and I love what I do.
Every quilt is a challenge because I like to 'see if I can do it'
These are the fabrics I buy now. I have a huge stash of Cherrywood plains, Own designer fabrics, Alexander Henry, Kaffe Fasset, Terrie Mangat and beautiful specialised designs like the one below.
Quilting has changed so much and I've changed with it. I get to create my own genres now and its a real buzz.
Oh my goodness, its while since I was able to devote time to the blog.
Indeed, I did have a few problems with the internet.
In Italy, I paid to have a superior room with good internet in my room.
I nearly choked when they opened the door, It was very late, dark and I had been traveling for 15 hours from France to Amsterdam, back to France and then Italy... so I was in no mood to argue.
The room was so small, with just a foot at the end of the bed, a foot on the left hand side and 2 feet on the right hand side where my desk was situated.
"BUT madam", he said with a sweep of his arm, "You have a balcony"
I popped through the door and there was a huge private balcony overlooking the suburbs of Rome and I thought, OK, I will forget that I saw we were next to the Chica Chica Boom Boom lap dance parlour and I can cope with the balcony.
I relished the fact that I could leave the door open and share in the ambience of Rome.
It wasn't until the next day that I found out there was no Internet.
Scusie, I said.... I don't have internet in my room.
"Why not" said the guy behind the desk?
"I don't know, you tell me" I replied
"You do have internet " he said as I turned slowly to take in the crowd in the foyer on their computers.
I raised my eyebrows.
"OK, we will shift you to another room" he growled.
Well, not wanting to experience any of the rooms I peeked into on the way down in the tiny lift, I decided to stay with the balcony... at least there was no cigarette smoke there.
Consequently... no blog. I put up with the smoky lobby for as short a time as possible.
I came to enjoy the hotel and its quirky staff. The lady at breakfast who refused to clear the tables until she had had at least 6 ciggys and had read her emails on her cell phone. You just piled up the dirty dishes on a bench and set your own table. Simple.
The arrogant man behind the desk and who didn't know how to make a phone call to my chauffeur for pick up and the helpful young man who was embarrassed by the rest of the staff. It was like being in a Monty Python movie.
The lift was hilarious, just enough room for two people, and you have to shut the door before it will close the internal one and eventually move, try fitting the luggage in!!!!
But there we are I survived, I had a wonderful time and I have lots to share.
BUT today I'm creating a quilt for the Silent Auction in Houston.
A photo taken in Little Rock
I changed it to a water-colour.
water color image
I wanted to try something different with this quilt, that's why I decided on a water color picture. I wanted to create an image that looks like a painting, not a photo., so I'm using a free motion Zig Zag. Its 1.4 stitch width and 1.4 stitch length and I don't drop the feed dogs but you need to be sure you have an open toed free motion foot on the machine.
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Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
Di Mill I am a Freelance Textile and Craft Representative with 2 children. I travel the state of Queensland, Australia, selling patchwork, quilting and craft supplies to retailers withing the industry.