Six years ago I first stepped inside an independent patchwork store and swooned. I was already deep in love with fabric, and quite familiar with Lincraft and other dress fabric stores, but on this occasion I discovered a love even closer to my heart. Imagine, all the fabric displayed by colour!
It was around the time of my 29th birthday, and I decided there and then to purchase some fabrics as a birthday present for myself.
It all started with this “dirty” purple, (my love for “dirty”, slightly greyed-out purples has not diminished). I based all of my selections on this fabric. I danced around the shop picking out co-ordinating fabrics, and before I knew it, I had quite a stack – boy was I shocked at the price, once it was all added up.
My mother – my guru in all things sewing – had a book on quilt blocks, so I picked out the beguiling Ohio star, borrowed Mum’s cutting mat and ruler, and got cutting. I finished this quilt that year, and it has languished in the cupboard even since – it’s size was overwhelming, and I could not justify the price to get it professionally quilted.
This year I pulled it out of that cupboard, and entrusted it to my clever quilting friend, Anita Ellis. Anita and I met at the North of the Yarra Quilting Guild, and she has quilted one other of my languishing quilts for me earlier this year. She has done such a beautiful job. You can reach Anita, (whose business in called “Hillside Quilting” and is based in Warrandyte) on 0430 135 281.
So after 6 years, I am finishing my first quilt – sewing on the binding. I want to make a really nice label, so I have made this little Ohio star (6″ wide), to go on it. Luckily, I keep every small scrap, so I still had some of the fabrics to make it up in.
The colours remind me of Autumn, and I have called the quilt “Autumn Sunset”. It doesn’t go with any of our decor, but the colours make me sing on the inside.