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!