The theme of Quilt Me! is inspirational fabrics. Fabrics that shout 'quilt me!' at you when you discover them. Fabrics that immediately occupy a place in your heart and claim a place in a quilt. But they don't just have to be wonderful quilting cottons such as the Charley Harper designs or those in the collections by Lotta Jansdotter. They can be any fabric that's quiltable. In the book I use tweed, linen, silk, hand-embroidered tablecloths, cord from trousers, wool form skirts, cottons from dresses, ticking, velvet and many other extremely lovely and effective fabrics (but I avoid anything stretchy, gauzy and slippery.)
For the most recent Ray-Stitch workshop I put together a pile of mixed fabrics to illustrate what we were going to be making. It started with a few of Simon's old shirts which appealed to me and were well past their wear-by date, then I added some wool tweeds, some tie silk left over from another quilt, and to brighten it all up I put in a few quilting cottons that have been sitting around in a drawer for a while with no home to go to. I cut them into 10" long strips and a variety of widths and demonstrated how they could be put together to make the beginnings of a quilt. Then everyone sorted, cut out, and pieced the fabrics they'd brought with them and the results were fantastic. It was a busy day, but a good one.
[works well with the walls in Alice's room]
I brought home my bits and pieces and now I've finished the top. It's a fabric sampler quilt, really, a way of showing just a few of the different fabrics you can put into a simple but interesting quilt. It's as easy as pie to make, infinitely variable and can be made in any size you like. I'll be doing another workshop at Ray-Stitch on the same theme on Sunday 13th April. I'll bring this and some other fabric sampler/wardrobe quilts to look at, then it'll be a day full of fabulous fabrics.
(I've been meaning to say that Quilt Me! will be published in the US in August this year.)