Guest blogger: Kate from One Flew Over
According to my mother I have always been a ’5 minute wonder’. As a child I attempted every activity under the sun, none of which stuck. Three years ago and after the the birth of my second child, I went to an embroidery workshop at Prints Charming and never looked back. Embroidery quickly turned into a love affair with all things crafty.
I love making quilts and I’m sure like many of you, my favourite part of the quilt making process is selecting fabrics. I rarely use an entire range of fabric when I make a quilt and am often asked how and why I choose certain fabrics? I have never given much thought to the ‘hows & whys’ but I have come to realise there are a few things I do when it comes to fabric and quilts.
First up is colour combinations, which can be the trickiest part. There are some fantastic sites dedicated to colour, one of my favourites is Color Collective. In fact, my cross quilt was largely inspired by the colours in this photograph, that was featured on Color Collection. Another place I love is Emma Lamb and on Mondays you can find Emma’s ‘all colours in’ selection.
These sites are a great first stop, they give you a great place to start when considering what colours and combinations appeal to you
Once I have a vague idea of what colours I want to use I head to my local patchwork store that just happens to have a fantastic selection of Liberty fabrics. As a rule, the first fabric I select is a Liberty and that is generally because one Liberty print can feature 2 or 3 different colours in it. I know it is more expensive than your standard quilting cotton but a little goes a long way and the beauty of patchwork is you don’t need much.
In each quilt, I try to use at least eight different prints and try to use a variety of small scale prints, large scale prints, a solid (or 2) and some co-ordinating stripes and spots. I have been known to spend quite a while deciding on the ‘right’ combination and the more you experiment, the sooner you discover what your like and dislike.
Most importantly though, have a bit of fun and trust your own judgement.