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
Every quilter I know has a stash of fabric. We pick up fabrics that speak to us or remind us of a trip or are our favorite color. When I picked up my October 2011 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, I loved the cover quilt. Designers Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Bonnie Blue Quilts did an amazing job of pulling together lots of scraps and framing the blocks with a classic blue print in Star Formation.
Do you like making scrap quilts? Do you let yourself go and put all types of fabrics together? Or do you control the craziness by only picking scraps in a few colors?
I’m headed to the sewing room to start picking out fabrics for my next scrap quilt.