When I began quilting, I chose fairly subdued fabrics. I had a tendency to lean towards blues, browns. burgundy’s; and gravitated towards material that displayed busy prints. Oh and the busier the better; bring on the BUSY for this designer. Over time my quilting journey has me constantly evolving, and I’ve discovered new likes and dislikes. Those super busy prints that I was a fanatic about has lost it’s luster. I now find that my choices in fabric has followed a new path. I am now drawn towards materials that possess bright colors and has me wearing a smile as I gaze upon them. The grin on my face quickly spreads from ear to ear as my mind is filled with incredible design possibilities. What amazing creation will find its way onto this amazing fabric? Therefore, it probably won’t surprise anyone to hear that I now LOVE solid colors that will really show off the quilting. Why lose all that hard work of quilting amidst a chaotic print? In conclusion not only has my ideal fabric palate changed dramatically; but my appetite for super busy prints has diminished drastically. I guess you could say it I don’t have any appetite for busy prints. Less is more!
During one of my many stepping stone through quilting many moons ago, I had witnessed customers as they entered the shop and browse for their “appliqué” project. If that wasn’t bad enough, these delicate ears would hear that these clients were searching for their “HAND” appliqué project. I wanted to yell “Hello? Isn’t that why God invented sewing machines?!” For the love of Pete, Hand work takes so much longer! I swore I WOULD NEVER do that!
I was soon eating my works, and have since learned “never say never”. I admittedly LOVE appliqué and really love hand appliqué. Never in a million, bazillion years would I have thought this quilter would yearn to sit and hand sew. The craft of appliqué and hand appliqué bestows such a calming effect that I find it very therapeutic. I know who would have thought? Definitely not me!
Which has me thinking that I’m long overdue and need to start another hand project!
My question to you fellow quilters is: Has there been something in quilting that you never thought you would enjoy doing and now love? It’s okay to admit that we all have said “I’D NEVER”. Then eventually life has us kicking ourselves as we think “NEVER say NEVER”!