Sunday Stash #129 – Fabric Beatings

Last week I ran into Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession fame at the Modern Quilt Show Australia. Kathy is one of those people that I feel lucky to have in my life. She is continually inspiring, and seems to understand (or at least appreciate) how my quilting brain works. Even though her shop is not too far from my home, I still haven’t been to visit. This is a fact that she never lets me forget (fair enough!) On this occasion, after a brief talk about the quilt show judging, we started looking at the fabric in her stall. If you know Kathy and her fabric ranges, you know they are eclectic and steeped in historical and horticultural motifs. I started to mention that tone on tone blenders were more my thing, and she back handed me with a large-scale multi-coloured fabric called The Garden of Earthly Delights designed by Kit Miles. “This is what your sophisticated soul should be using.” I went to apologise, instead suggesting some solids, and she then proceeded to whip me with a selection from Alison Glass’s Handcrafted range. “Take these and don’t come back until you make something worthy of my eyes.” I told you, girl knows how to inspire! So for the past week I’ve been fretting over these fabrics, and how to combine them into something “worthy.” I do love a fabric challenge, and refuse to be beaten by anything or anyone (other than Kathy!) Wish me luck!

10 Responses

  1. Heather J says:

    Good luck. Can't wait to see what you design. When I saw those flying geese, I just envisioned sashing rows. Might have to find me some of that fabric. ūüėČ

  2. Auntie Pami says:

    You can do it. Break out of that box…

  3. Liz says:

    I'm so curious about what you'll make with these – can't wait to see the magic you'll undoubtedly come up with!

  4. Carol Q says:

    What stunning fabric. I instantly googled Kit Miles. I'm now a fan!

  5. How can you not have been to Material Obsession? I live in New Zealand and I've been. It's a Mecca for quilters – go there!! asap!!

  6. Maria says:

    Sew looking forward to seeing what you create with those fabrics…..

  7. Kitty says:

    Sheesh! I'm right there with you in regard to fabric style, and while the AG handcrafted could SURELY be made into gorgeousness, pairing it with that large print sounds like quite a challenge! I think I would go nutty and fussy cut (assiduously cut, really) the large scale print into triangulations like in Hillary (Entropy Always Wins) 's striped thrift quilt. Clear as mud? I'm looking forward to seeing what you create!!

  8. Nicole says:

    You don't need luck Molli; that's going to be a kick ass amazing quilt. Can't wait to see it, and feel free to send me the scraps when you're done!

  9. Laikabear says:

    I am on a fabric starvation diet aka no-buy. But that one on the left is AMAZING! I love it! I would want to use it in a bag rather than cut it up though. (Not that I have ever made a bag). ūüôā I love your style and can't wait to see what you do with it.

  10. Laikabear says:

    I am on a fabric starvation diet aka no-buy. But that one on the left is AMAZING! I love it! I would want to use it in a bag rather than cut it up though. (Not that I have ever made a bag). ūüôā I love your style and can't wait to see what you do with it.

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