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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