Sunday, April 14, 2013

Quilting Inspiration


I have always walked into fabric shops and felt at home.  Fabric has always stirred my creativity, yet I can't sew.    I would often ask myself why was I so fascinated with fabric?  I still get a thrill when I walk into a quilting shop.


Often I would tell myself to stop being silly and stick to what I knew, which was my first love...Paper.
Please take me home and create some of your own French inspiration
When I started designing fabric, I wanted to learn everything possible about what people might need.  I browsed stacks of books, magazines and often would spend time in a nearby quilting shop.


One of the things that I was most in love with is the "jelly roll", "charms" and "layer cakes" for quilting.  I especially love the stacks of charm packs.  Each charm has a bit of a design and measures 5" by 5".



TADA!  I took a dozen of my French inspired fabric designs and created a fat quarter.  Twelve different charms measuring 5" x 5" but with a hem allowance.  One yard is home to 48 charms.

I call this bundle A French Inspiration Charm Pack.


I am so excited because I noticed that the charm packs that are out there often just give you a section of the repeat.  I tried to create a vivid part of each of my designs.  I also noticed that the charm packs are cut to the edge of the design, so I added a hem allowance for quilters who would need that.

One of my favorite quilters is Camille Roskelley.  I have her book Simplify and now she has a new one called Simply Retro.  I love her house quilt patterns.


So, for the price of just one yard of fabric, a customer can have 48 charms.  I have matching fabric by the yard for each design, hoping that a quilter could easily match the back of the quilt to coordinate perfectly.   A customer can choose to cut the fabric with a 1/4 inch hem allowance or straight to the edge of each square.


Quilts make the loveliest mosaics.  I am linking to Mosaic Monday over at Mary's Little Red House.







18 comments:

Marcia Pilar said...

I had NO CLUE you didn't sew. I love paper and I love fabric and I cannot sew. teehee
Love the charm idea.
Always a pleasure stopping by, Karen.
I'm on a blogging leave most likely 'til autumn, but will continue visiting my favorite pages.
XOXO's

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm amazed that you don't sew! Well, I don't either! lol! The charm packs are very inspiring though!

Happy Sunday!

XO,
Jane

Sarah said...

Karen, this is a case of "never say never". Just this week I told someone I didn't have another quilt in me. Now......well, I'm seriously rethinking that statement. I adore your fabrics and that you've have created a jelly roll pack with 48 charms makes me think I want to make a quilt with these. Love the designs and the fact that the color pallet. Will have to give this serious consideration. Thanks! ~ Sarah

eileeninmd said...

Wow, you fabrics are beautiful. I wish I knew how to quilt, the charm idea is wonderful. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

A Garden of Threads said...

Ok, I am at a loss. You design such gorgeous fabric, I thought you could sew as well. I love the black & white prints.

Kathleen Grace said...

Brilliant Karen! I love that you have done this. Even though you don't sew, you have designed a darling collection for those of us who do:>)

Lavender Cottage said...

For someone that doesn't sew, you're very knowledgeable about fabric and what people like.
You are right about quilts, I have a handmade one I purchased and it could make a nice mosaic.

Patty said...

Love your fabrics Karen. Just beautiful!

Lorrie said...

Beautiful fabrics. I can't design fabrics, but I love to sew. And I love to sew with French-inspired fabrics. How lovely your charm packs are.

Have a wonderful and creative week!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You've designed such beautiful fabrics, Karen! I don't sew either, and always wished I did. I guess it is never too late to learn!

podso said...

Your fabric designs are beautiful and the charm packs are something I'd snatch up if I quilted.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

I barely sew....just curtains for my home, but this is a fabulous idea Karen! Your fabric designs are lovely.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

The fabrics are so pretty you almost make me want to quilt. Almost but not. I can appreciate their beauty and usefulness though. Valerie

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Karen, No one would think you did not sew. Yet, you know great design and fabric knowledge. There must be a sewer in you trying to come out. LOL Love this posts and the inspiration you share with your designs.

I got started on SF and my first swatches are on the way. I can't wait. Still trying to learn and taking baby steps, but wow is it fun.
Thanks so much for the help too.

Have a great week.
hugs, CM

Vee said...

Oh very thoughtfully designed, Karen. I love charm packs, but can't afford them so I resort to creating my own. Loving the music...trés charming.

Pondside said...

Clever you! The fabrics are so pretty - make me want to quilt!

lugarandcompany said...

Karen, what creativity! Thank you for sharing and my heart so goes out to younall in the Boston area. May He be your peace and comfort...

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

This is so cool! I used to quilt. Now it's photography. I keep saying I'll get back to art quilting but who knows.