Sunday, March 23, 2014
My inspiration was a piece of Joel Dewberry’s Ironwork in Lilac from Aviary 2 that I had gotten in a Hawthorne Threads scrap pack. I pulled out every piece of purplish plum from my stash and my solid scrap bin. Last year I attended a workshop with Bill Kerr from Modern Quilt Studio. He taught us that not every fabric in a quilt had to be matchy-matchy (my words, not his) with every other fabric in a quilt. He gave an analogy that quilt fabrics are like people at a dinner party. You wouldn’t want to host a party where the guests were all too similar (boring), nor would you want to host a dinner party where the guests were all too different (chaos). The trick, he said, is to make sure that each person/fabric had at least one other person/fabric to talk to. So, after I used colors similar to the ones found in the Joel Dewberry print, I started adding friends.