Opening a store filled with quilting fabrics was a dream but not because I was in love with quilting. I love the fabrics and am always telling the customers, "Kim is the quilter, I am the Interior Designer!" I find good uses for the beautiful fabrics, other than quilts.....is that wrong? I spent many weeks each Summer growing up, with my Grandma Ruby. She was a quilter, a beautiful quilter! I remember her porch was lined with rows of cabinets draped with fabric fronts. The shelves behind were filled with folded quilts, all handmade, all wonderful! I think I fell in love with the random, mismatched look of scrappy a long time ago. She also taught me how to sew on her pedal Singer sewing machine. "Thank you Grandma!"
That was then and this is now....I'm still all about the fabric. The quilting industry has so many fabulous designers creating so many beautiful prints, I think that's why I prefer scrappy...because I don't have to choose just a few, I can use them all! The more mismatched the better! So, after almost two years it's time to quilt. My first quilt has to fit my criteria of easy, easy, easy and places for lots of fabrics. I saw this quilt in one of our books and loved it! It's basically a "flip and sew" (and iron) Cut your favorite fabrics in assorted widths, randomly place, sew, flip, iron and start over! It's fun and fast. Now I can say I have made a quilt. My quilts will probably always be simple, I'll leave the detailed, more exact quilts to Kim and Robbie!
By Valli Daniel