We had another design in mind for the last quilt that was to be included in Transparency Quilts. The final photo shoot was a few days away and I approached Bill, as I am known to do, at the last minute suggesting that we audition another quilt for the book. I had an eclectic stack of fabrics in my hand and told him that I wanted to see how many different genres of fabric we could put together without looking chaotic. We decided that if we took out all of the saturated ones and pastels that it might look cohesive. We auditioned dozens and dozens of fabrics before we came up with this bunch. There’s Amy Butler next to a primitive batik next to William Morris. We titled it Small World and it became one of our favorites. It was the most fun we had had choosing fabrics in a long time. We were delighted when the editors at C&T chose Small World for the back cover of the book.
“I think we need to go even bigger with this eclectic idea and submit something to American Patchwork & Quilting,” I suggested. Without missing a beat Bill was pulling handfuls of fabric out of our stash and laying them out on the table. In the end, we cut up 36 fat eighths for this quilt and it has become one of a favorite as well.
Photo used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting ©2011 Meredith Corporation, all rights reserved
The wonderful editors at American Patchwork and Quilting decided to put this quilt entitled Fabric Fusion on the cover of some of their newsstand issues (if you’re a subscriber, you got the other cover) and we have been deluged with orders for kits.
Part of what I love about both of these quilts is that they both remind me of that great Louis Armstrong quote about music: “There are two kinds of music, the good and the bad. We feel that way about fabric. There are lots of fabrics that are supposed to be for modern quilts that I find very difficult to use. Conversely, many Civil War reproduction fabrics that are often overlooked by modern quilters have soft colors that are a welcome foil to all of the brights out there.
Both of these quilts have prints, plaids, batiks, primitives, tone-on-tones, reproduction fabrics and large-scale prints in them. Our hope is that quilters will rethink some of their assumptions about what goes with what and be able to see new possibilities for fabrics that are already in their stashes but they haven’t been sure how to use. These collections of fabrics were carefully thought out but with a little thought and editing, you could probably find some unexpected combinations of your own among those in your stash.
So do tell. What fabrics are in your stash that you want to use but aren’t sure how to use?