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Pat Sloan – Behind the Scenes

I have such a wonderful time interviewing guests for our radio show, and sometime not all we chat about makes it onto the show! Here is another ‘Behind the Scenes’ with wonderful quilt designer Betsy Chutchian!

Betsy We all have parts of the process we ‘prefer’ more than others. What part of quilt making do you ‘Prefer’ most and why?

My favorite part is chosing the fabrics.  Once I have an inspiration, in this case a photo of an antique quilt, I LOVE the hunt for the right fabrics.  Sometimes the hunt begins with a particular piece of fabric, then I find the inspiration quilt and resume the hunt in the stash.
Here the look is soft and very old, early 1800′s.

Most of the fabrics are collections from Moda and Jo Morton for Andover…the fabric study could be called ‘Morton meets Moda’ but I threw in a Windham and a Blue Hill for good measure. The photograph is from the book, Calico and Chintz.  The type of quilt is what today would be termed a ‘blended quilt’.  Moda’s line ’Comfort’ served as the main fabric inspiration, the large scale brown fabric with rusty pink flowers.

With that piece, selecting the rest of the fabrics became really easy.  I started making nine patches and then from some leftover scraps , quickly pieced and quilted a little doll quilt.

What is your favorite item in your studio?
My favorite part is the desk-like sewing table and the wooden sewing machine bed.  My dad made both of these for me.  When I purchased a new machine a few years ago, I had to keep the same brand with the same size arm cutout in order to continue to use what he made for me.  If Pfaff ever changes the arm width, I’m in a heap of trouble.  Dad is is 92 and can’t work in the woodshop anymore.
If you could train with, or work with, or follow one person for a day.. who would it be and why?
Without hesitation, I would love to train or work with Barbara Brackman.  Even for one day, I could learn so much from her, concerning fabric history.  I own her books and  follow her blogs and love studying fabrics of the 19th Century, but reading about colors and printing styles are only good to a point. I would love to hear her say why this reproduction print, or that color, is totally inappropriate for an 1860′s quilt, for example, and then see her point to the right ones and tell me why they work.
Some fun questions for Betsy!

  • Current read –   I just finished The Help and have started 1000 White Women.  I don’t read as much as I would like.
  • Favorite movie – That is a hard choice.  My favorite is probably The Searchers  but To Kill a Mockingbird and Cold Mountainare also at the top of my list.
  • The Color you have always LOVED….. A better question might be what color do you NOT love!  Believe it or not, I love BROWN.  Brown complements everything and never competes for attention.  Besides, it is the color of chocolate, so what’s not to love?

If you have not listened to my interview with Betsy yet… CLICK HERE and listen to the Nov 28, 2011 show!

And listen EACH Monday at 4pm eastern for a new show with new guests. All shows are recorded so download the ones you missed!  See you Monday!

Your Radio Host Pat Sloan

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Pat Sloan – Behind the scenes

I’d love to show you some behind the scenes during my interview at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln NE  with Curator Carol Ducey in the green and Communications Coordinator Maureen Ose in the blue. (click here to the museum website)

When you listen to the interview you’ll hear me talk about displaying some of the more delicate quilts flat. This is what I mean.

I was super privledged to have a workroom tour.. this is the first part. All the tables have quilts on them that are being studied. I’ll show you one in a bit. The blue arrow is the storage room. Here we go!

Quilts as far as the eye can see!

I think I might have been speechless which is a difficult thing to achieve  (if you know me you know this is true!)

The boxes are numbered, labeled, and many have photos of the quilts stored in them.

What a thrill to be able to look inside!

Wow… lovely old quilts…be still my heart!

Many of the very delicate quilts are stored flat on these trays.

Lastly I had the chance to see several quilts by Yvonne Wells that were being prepared for the next exhibit.

What:                 “Yvonne Wells: Quilted Messages”
When:         October 7, 2011 – February 26, 2012

There are also programs running during this exhibit that you should really try and go to.  CLICK HERE to the newsroom page and download the exhibit information. If you can’t visit in person, take a virtual tour of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.

Museum website  and sign up for the newsletter, it’s wonderful!

Click to the Radio show page to listen to the interview I did on 9/26/2011 at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum!

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Pat Sloan on Guest Followup

I have some  SUPER exciting news!  My Guest Vanessa Wilson (interviewed July 4, 2011) was JUST interviewed for the 20/20 TV show!

Yes THAT 20/20 !  They did a segment on moms on youtube with tutorials. One does braided hair, one cooks, and our Crafty Gemini Vanessa was also featured!

CLICK HERE to watch the clip from 20/20 from Sept 24, 2011.

And if you remember, when I interviewed Vanessa she was pregnant and expecting baby number two. Her healthy baby girl, Allie Reina, was born and is doing great!

Vanessa’s blog..

CLICK HERE to listen to my interview with her on July 4, 2011. I do believe I interviewed her before 20/20.. wink!

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Pat Sloan on Crazy quilts and the Radio

mapOn the radio this week (CLICK HERE) I had Brian Haggard who chatted about his new crazy quilt book. This got me searching the All People Quilt website for some crazy quilt treasures!

CLICK HERE for the article about this map quilt from 1886… I TOTALLY love it!

How about some Fabric Free quilting? CLICK HERE for this article on tiles!

And one can’t do crazy quilting without embroidery stitches! CLICK HERE for 10 stitches!

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Pat Sloan on Knits and The Radio

Have you noticed that a lot of designers have multiple fabric types in their line now? From Bark Cloth, to Linen, to Knits!  Designer Patty Young creates beautiful fabrics and designs clothing for children and adults.   Her knits are so yummy…. but many of us have not sewn with knits in … well.. forever!

So how do we handle a knit? Patty has a series of videos on youtube to explain it.. brilliant, just brilliant!

CLICK HERE to Patty’s youtube channel

Did you catch my interview with Patty at the Spring Trade show? CLICK HERE and scroll to May 30, 2011 show

The pillows above are in Patty’s cotton fabrics and the patterns are all right here at the website! CLICK HERE for directions

Visit Patty’s blog for great info too!

American Patchwork & Quilting Radio Show host – Pat Sloan

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