Saturday, 16 February 2013

Sew Thinky Thursday [catching up again]

I'm back in the UK. For now at least. Two weeks and then I'm back in Budapest for two weeks - at least that's the plan.

I missed Sew Thinky Thursday again, so this will be another late contribution... maybe next week I'll get back on track!
  SewThinkyThurs button

With a little help I've even managed to add the button! This week's question is: Describe your quilting style: Who or what influences you? How do you see your style changing over time?

I'm not sure I can think of one word to describe my style, and I think descriptions like that can be very personal - what I describe as modern may not be modern to you. The one thing I  do know about my style is that I love anything which is fiddly - tiny, complicated, lots of pieces, hand and machine. I do love modern, but I haven't yet quite got as far as improvisational piecing. I also like traditional...
I come from an embroidery background
This was my embroidery design as part of the first ever swap I took part in last year

My style has definitely changed over time and I think it coincides with getting more involved in the online quilting community. Before I blogged and read blogs I was very influenced by my local quilt shop, which of course represents the tastes of the owner and the local quilters - there is a fair amount of French General, American Jane, Thimbleberries, Red Rooster - fabrics in "murky colours" which aren't my taste at all - she also has a wide variety of Moda and Art Gallery, batiks and some really random fabrics which are gorgeous.
My Farmer's Wife - nice and fiddly!
I love traditional designs and techniques as much as the modern - even the most traditional of techniques, like EPP, can be "modern" with the right fabric and setting - I think so, at least!
EPP Hexies
About this time last year, there was a modern mini quilt challenge and I went through my very small stash looking for "modern" fabric and I was thoroughly disappointed and grumpy because there wasn't any. Since then I have started to better understand what I like in fabric - I stick to fabrics with mostly one main colour - blenders - and then combine them myself, not always sticking to ranges. I adore text print. I learning to love solids - if only when I combine them with prints. 
Foundation piecing - I picked the 6" block over the 12" block!
My husband does not need to know quite how much I have spent in "developing" my stash taste over the past year!
All from my stash! My colours for the Skill Builder BOM
I'm really struggling to pinpoint my style, but as I read more, see more and learn more, I am developing my own unique style influenced by everything around me. For an idea of the blogs which influence me, just look at the list to the left!
Colours don't scare me! My Swoon Quilt.
Thanks for stopping by and listening to my waffle for a while!


Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I really enjoyed your post. I'd describe my style as eclectic. I love solids and text fabrics but sometimes I can really like a print collection. I mostly seem to sew gifts and for bees so I often go more with what I think someone else will like. I've become a follower so I'll come back later and look more at your sewing :)

Wens said...

I know what you're saying! I don't feel I have a 'style' either. I like a lot of things, but I'm glad that I do! I'd get bored if I was too focused on one type of quilting, or just specific fabrics.

Your red swoon quilt is awesome!

ChristaQuilts said...

Your embroidery is very pretty. That's the one thing I haven't tried yet :-)