|basic grey collection (left) with coordinates from stash (right)|
curse me and my impulse buying in my early quilting days.
there was so much i didn't know about fabrics and quilting and myself yet.
i didn't know what kind of fabric i liked to use in quilts vs. what just generally appealed to me.
i didn't know what kind of quilts i liked yet, even.
i didn't know that fabric makers were going to make an endless number of new and exciting fabrics every few months, that i'd never be able to keep up.
i didn't know how slowly i would quilt and use up the fabrics i was buying, or that i'd get tired of some of them before i ever got around to using them.
i didn't know what blenders or feature fabrics were, what boring looking fabrics actutally could be the making of a quilt.
i didn't know i would eventually not prefer to make my quilts from one fabric collection only.
i didn't know fabric on sale didn't make it more attractive than when it wasn't on sale.
i didn't know i was the type of quilter who couldn't overlook a fabric i didn't like in a project no matter how i worked it in, that i see the fabric as much as the color effect it has and that if i don't like it, i will continue to see it there years later and it will bug me.
i didn't know that i wouldn't like working with precuts very much, even though they do look really cute stacked on a shelf. or that a layer cake is the only size of precut that you can actually make a full size project out of.
i didn't know that although there are unlimited numbers of wonderful patterns out there, i would mostly prefer to make up my own quilt patterns.
i didn't know how much of what fabrics to buy.
i didn't know that there was such a thing as too much fabric.
(yes, i just said that.)
|coordinating solids from stash|
i was just really excited about the whole new world that had opened up to me and i wanted to make everything and buy it all.
i wanted a stash and i wanted scraps, for scrap quilts, of course.
i made A LOT of rash and bad choices.
enough to fill shelves and boxes.
for example, in the first few months of my quilt
eight years later i'm digging this stack of fabrics out of a box and wondering if i should cut my loses, or if the coordinating prints and solids i pulled from stash can redeem these fabrics to create a quilt i'll actually like today. (and this is just one stack out of one box of several.)
because my style is changing.
my tastes are evolving.
(these weren't even me in the first place.)
part of this is because in the process of making 30+ quilts over the last 8 years i've learned a lot more about what i like and don't like. and part of it is just the nature of style progression in the quilt and design world.
these are the kinds of things that excite me, that i'd like to make these days:
here's what i'm discovering i like:
- simple geometric shapes, repeating or scattered
- handquilting, or at least touches of it added
- a very specific type of liberty print, especially mixed with chambray and handquilting
- soft, pretty pastels (low volume)
- diamonds and triangles
- log cabins (a low volume would be awesome)
- still hsts forever!
- i want to make flying geese
- white space for the eye to rest, whether literally white or not
- bold, funky color combinations or those that are unusual or have an unexpected punch/twist added
- large spaces of color
- more solids, less prints (although i will always splurge on those on a backing)
- more solids mixed in with prints
- i reeeaaally want to make the purl soho tiny tiles quilt with handquilting
i'd say i'm leaning towards a certain type of modern style, even though i enjoy certain vintage looks, too.
if you look back at the makes i've produced lately, they don't reflect these concepts much. the "stella grande" quilts were a move in the right direction, but i'm not there yet.
see, this year has been me playing catch up with lots of really old wips, so there's very little of the new inspiration being used. but maybe i can incorporate it into the projects that aren't that far along or established yet.
i'm ready for change, but i'm going to finish some things first.
hopefully i can unload a lot of my stash along the way!