Wednesday, 4 April 2012


Happy Easter to everyone! Don't eat too many eggs! And hot cross buns, and why do they taste so much better with the cross on the top?
Well, did you take time out last weekend? And will you this long weekend? At least one sleep-in is a must too!
I was thinking this week about my fabric journey, so come along with me on a little trip back in time...
I have only been quilting for the past 7 or so years. The first quilt I ever did was for my then baby son, for his first birthday, and it's pretty basic. The fabrics were ones in blues and reds that I bought from a clothes-fabric shop. No idea of the composition, but I doubt there's much cotton in them!
Next, I went to pretty vintage-style florals, then into Civil War reproduction quilting fabrics in 100% cotton. I did all the piecing and quilting by hand, and I still love them. I found the notion of brights/moderns really unattractive, and the only fabric I used to go with the florals was calico.
Now I look back on these earlier quilts and think, "wow, I've changed"! My favorite fabric designers are Sandy Klop, from American Jane, and Kaffe Fassett. I love to mix my brights with crisp white, for what you could describe as "modern" quilts. I still love civil war fabrics, but am trying to use up my stash, and haven't bought anything new in a while. I also love 1930s-1950s fabrics.
I am a total 100% cotton snob too, as it has a lovely feel and quality to it.
So, what about you? Can you track your fabric journey? Have your tastes changed over time, or have you always liked the same style? Do you add madly to your stash, or are you trying to reduce it?

On a different note, this week I have found my perfect magazine! As a magazine addict from way back, I like to keep an eye on what's out there. But this one slipped under the radar! It's called Mollie Makes, and it is a cracker! Full of gorgeous handmade and vintage things, lovely photographs, inspirational ideas...beautifully styled and just right! So have a look if you get the chance, I bet you'll love it too.


  1. I cringe when I look at my first quilt top, a sampler I made at 'quilt school'. Ugh, it's vile, never saw the light of day as a fully made up quilt and never will! Luckily things have improved since then, although I have a lot of fabrics in my stash that I don't like any more but I have no idea what to do with them (donate to charity??). I'm currently in love with solids and cross hatch! I'm sure next month I'll have a floral craze. And I love Lizzy House and Heather Ross. A bit of modern whimsy.

    Will definitely be checking out that magazine. Happy Easter!

  2. Ah Cath, I can't even remember how I have managed to collect so much "interesting" yet unsuitable fabric! I have a friend who make charity quilts - she might be interested in you excess fabric?