Oh Hey Everyone!
I had a little fun with that title.
I just got through reading some of the banter back and forth from the now infamous copyright spat between C&T publishing/Emily Cier -vs- Kate Spain/Moda…see here for Leah Day’s take on it (I know, I’m a little late to reading about this, but it just hit me as oh so funny as I was pulling all these fabrics together to design a quilt, kinda felt like introductions were necessary).
The quilt I’m designing is for a special little someone due to arrive later this year (yes, the word is I’m going to be an Aunt again!). How exciting!!!
I’ve just a little time to put it together so I’ve been using my new program (EQ7) to help me work up a design.
This was my rough in, loosely inspired by a Hugs and Kisses Quilt on display at the Bungalow Quilting & Yarn Shop, which our group visited during my recent quilt retreat in Wisconsin, where I picked up this Tula Pink fabric…
During my research about how to construct a Hugs and Kisses block I stumbled upon that little copyright thread I mentioned…which you all know leads you down a path that ended up being way more time consuming than I needed.
So in the back of my mind I kept thinking about all the fabric we quilters and sewers have and would it be actually possible to know who designs this stuff once it gets cut from the bolt, washed, folded and stashed away into your collection? Believe you me, I couldn’t even begin to tell you who drew up the designs on my shelves. I know some, but 98% of it was bought because I liked it not because of the name on the selvage.
So that gets me back to designing this little quilt. To make the Hugs and Kisses (a series of X’s and O’s) I wanted to use a combination of a few techniques which I’ve learned along the way over my quilting career. One technique I learned from making the snowball blocks from the Quilt In A Day series and the other technique I learned from following Bonnie Hunter’s idea for making the most use out of Bonus Triangles. The block is going to be made using two Square templates, one from Bungalow and the other from Omnigrid. So just to cover my bases here I thought I’d go ahead and mention my references…just so you all know and everything…
So as you can see, I have been inspired by many people, places and things for this quilt. Now it is up to me to make it my own and put all that inspiration together.
Stay tuned right here to watch Mmmwhaah! come to life, from beginning to final quilting!
But what do you all think of this whole business about figuring out what designer made your fabric? I just don’t think it’s practical unless you are using a specific line exclusively…AND happen to know what it is!
Happy Quilting, Happy Sewing!