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.
- 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!
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Your Radio Host Pat Sloan
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! http://www.quiltstudy.org/
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!
On 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!
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!
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! http://www.modkidboutique.blogspot.com/
American Patchwork & Quilting Radio Show host – Pat Sloan www.PatSloan.com
Hi this is Pat Sloan the Host of American Patchwork & Quilting Radio! I’m excited to be blogging about the radio show and things that ‘didn’t make it on air’. My guests have such incredible knowledge and so many great things to share.. that we can’t always fit it all in! Plus we reference things here at AllPeopleQuilt.com and I want to give you the links.
On July 4th I talked with Sherri Falls and we discussed this bag of her that has the oval bottom, I love it! Don’t you think it would make a super project bag? What fabric would you make it in? And she gave us tips for working with Rick Rack CLICK HERE for the pattern
And on that same show I chatted with Vanessa Wilson of Crafty Gemini. CLICK HERE to the article in the NY Times about her and her win of the Youtube Next Up contest… isn’t it fantastic a QUILTER made it in… Vanessa ROCKS and so does quilting! The project you see is in her video and it was one she taught her ‘non sewing team’ at the Youtube training she went to CLICK HERE to her blog
July 11 I talked with Joen Wolfram who is a master at color. She mentioned that she is starting a color series on her blog.. the first color is one that is a favorite of quilters.. BLUE! CLICK HERE
Then Pam Buda and I chatted about Make-Dos, her SECRET method to prepare fabric AND her antique quilts. CLICK HERE to the one above!
Finally Amanda Herring and I dished on quilting, designing fabric, and her fabulous crafty projects. Listen to the show to find out why she started quilting and show she made 17.. yes 17 quilts in her first 3 months of quilting! You know her skills are rock solid after that! CLICK HERE to her blog for lots of fun.. (ps – the pattern for the hats tells you how to make them into pincushions too.. ADORABLE!)
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