WELCOME TO QUILTS BY CTS.|
It really shocks
me when someone asks me how long I've been making quilts and I
do the math in my head and realize it's been 40 years.
When I began
making quilts in the 1960s I made traditional patchwork designs.
In the eighties I began making crazy quilts and I began making
fulled wool quilts in 1997.
wanted my quilts to be used and to be sturdy. My mother
still has the first quilt I made when I was twelve (and it is
UGLY! Or more specifically, the fabrics in it are ugly.
Not much variety back then like we have today.) And I've
always loved my sewing machine, so from the very beginning I
made machine sewn quilts, sometimes machine tacked or machine
years I've developed my own style of quiltmaking; I call it
low stress quilts. I call a quilt design a low stress
design if it is
easy to figure the yardage,
easy to cut the fabrics,
easy to sew,
easy to change the dimensions of the quilt (even if you
are halfway through it),
easy to care for it (durable) and
easy to repair it.
make scrappy quilts (stash-slashing quilts I call them).
A scrap quilt is easy to figure the yardage, easy to increase
the yardage if you want to make the quilt bigger and they are
easy to repair (since you don't have to match specific fabrics).
They also tend to show wear and fading less than quilts with
just a few fabrics in them.
also like designs that can be easily varied to look
radically different. I tell my students to make each quilt design 3
times. The first time you will encounter most of the
problems, the second time you make it you will be familiar with
the construction and it will go quicker and easier. But
it's the third time you sew it when you will get
adventurous...maybe try a more expensive fabric, vary the design,
change a border
or somehow change it to make it your very own.
An example of my “make it three times” philosophy is my Almost Amish Trip Around the World quilt to the left. I have made six variations on the classic Trip Around the World to date. In this variation all I have done (simple sewing remember!) is to insert a narrow black strip between all the rows of squares. I have left the corners areas open, a large black area, where I have done intricate feather stitching quilting in multicolored thread.
If you want a
peek into my designing process, click
I will be posting more photos on
this page as I get better at using my digital camera and at
working these webpages!