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
One of my favorite parts of the job is to read the “I Am a Quilter” submissions from our fabulous readers. I love seeing how readers interpret the patterns in our magazines to make them their own. Sometimes the reader versions appear in different colorways, different sizes, different styles, and sometimes they’re very close the originals–all are inspiring!
After we published Scattered Leaves by Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts in our October 2009 issue (you may remember seeing it on the cover), the reader response was enormous. You loved this pattern! We featured Delores Moore’s batiks version in the most recent “I Am a Quilter” column (read more about it in the October 2010 issue of APQ, on sale now), but there were so many awesome submissions that we thought it would be fun to share more of them here.
In case you don’t remember, here is the original:
And here is Delores’ version made in beautiful batiks:
Here are other great takes:
So, what do you think? Do these inspire you to make a version of Scattered Leaves? If so, download free instructions for our color option of this quilt. I don’t know about you, but these fall-inspired quilts (and the Iowa heat/humidity) have me anxiously awaiting autumn!
If you’ve made a quilt using instructions from American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts and More, or Quilt Sampler, share it with us! E-mail your “I Am a Quilter” stories and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail them to:
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Des Moines, IA 50309