My Husband is an abstract painter. He has piles of completed sketchbooks. Not all of his ideas end up on canvas. A friend saw a modern quilt online, and asked me if I could make something like it. Thinking back on it, I’m pretty sure it was really a duvet cover. It reminded me of my husband’s paintings. We decided to make it a collaboration quilt. My husband gave her some color copies of one of his sketches. She was to manipulate it as she wished. Then, I would make a quilt from that design.
I know if I continue to use my husband’s sketches, I could have a fantastic body of work. As much as I love how unusual this quilt it, and the challenge it gave me, I don’t think I could limit myself to working like this. I love this quilt. I also have a fondness for traditional quilts. I enjoy working in a more intuitive way. There is something about growing a quilt intuitively that doesn’t happen when I follow a predetermined design. I’m not done using his sketches. He has a few more that I see in fabric, but I wont always work this way.
This quilt was a bit of game changer for me. It has helped build my confidence. I was already finding my way into the world of quilting, but this made me feel like I can now be a called a quilter. It’s put ideas in my head about maybe one day selling a quilt. It inspired me to pursue showing. I already gave this quilt away, but this Saturday, I will have another quilt in a show at the Fabric Studio.
Here is the link to the Fabric Studio:
This is a link to my husbands work: