Ashley is the lovely face behind Wasn’t Quilt in a Day and a teacher extraordinaire from NJ. I’ve met her a couple of times so far and she is just the sweetest person! Ashley participates in the Scrap-bee-Licious Bee and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts (here’s her quilt so far). Her latest baby quilt, Soul Baby, is for sale in her Etsy shop! You’ll see below how Ashley’s voice shines through on her blog when she talks about her favorite fabric line…
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
Whew. This quilt. This year I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in quite a few Bees and even a Round Robin quilt group. I’ve loved trying new blocks, and it’s exciting to also have a quilt made for you by people you love and admire in the quilting world. When it came time for me to choose my pattern for my month of the NJMQG block party in March of 2014, I knew what fabric I wanted to use: Chicopee, but I had NO idea what pattern I should do. I’ve been hoarding my Chicopee stash since I started quilting. In fact, Chicopee is actually the reason I started quilting. I saw a quilt made in the fabrics, and I thought, “I wish I could make something like that…” Then I found out it was a line, ordered the fabric, bought a machine and the rest is history. So what quilt could we make that would give justice to the fabric that I love so much? I knew that it would stay with me, and I knew that I didn’t want to replicate a quilt I’d pinned or seen online. When I toyed with the idea of flying geese, I knew it was the right choice. The first quilt I ever made had around 276 flying geese in the quilt and I hated them. Hated. Them. I wanted to give them another shot, and I’m so glad I did. I decided on 6 x 3 inch finished blocks, and I love how this block showcases the Chicopee fabric perfectly. Also, for the back I used Chicopee Corduroy, and it is phenomenal.
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
Other than constantly overgramming this quilt on Instagram and constantly putting it on my blog… No!
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
What I love most about this quilt is that it reminds me of the best people I’ve met in New Jersey. I’m originally from Raleigh, NC and I lived there until I was 23. I had the best childhood and college experiences because I was always surrounded by so many people that I knew and I truly felt like a part of the community. Then I moved to Washington, D.C. and while I met wonderful people, it was hard to find community. The stress of being a new teacher also caused me to stop creating and I truly felt like a part of my soul had died. I thought this was a natural part of getting older and becoming more responsible. Three years ago I moved to New Jersey and fell into the same pattern: working, being an “adult” and not concerning myself with my creative side. However, when I started quilting a year and a half ago it was like freedom. I finally got to tap into the creative soul that I love and it made my heart sing. When I walked into Rock Paper Scissors and met the wonderful women of the NJMQG, it was like coming home. Knowing that I will forever have this quilt that so many of them contributed to makes this special. No matter where I might move next they will always be special as a part of my journey as a quilter. I will forever be grateful for the sense of self and community that they have encouraged and nurtured.
What do you like best about the quilt?
Isn’t it obvious? The fabric! No really, I’m Denyse Schmidt’s biggest fan (hey, Denyse!) and this fabric is PERFECTION. I love every pattern, every color, the hues, the shapes, everything. Definitely the fabric.
How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
I gave up planning, I ironed before I cut the fabric, I cut every shape perfectly and I made 156 flying geese: a block I promised myself I’d never make again. This quilt was incredibly freeing. I had no idea how the colors or blocks would play together because I had to hand them out at our guild meeting. I couldn’t really test the fabrics that I had paired together. I tried to vary hues and colors as much as I could, but it was also fun to play Russian Roulette with my pairings. Also, cutting for other people?! Holy cow, that was stressful. I’ve never ironed my fabric before or cut so carefully in my life. Which is probably why so many seams match on this quilt!
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I would probably make it larger and add in more blue. However, overall when I look at this quilt there is nothing that makes me cringe with regret. I smile every time I see it!
Where is the quilt now?
On my lap. And when it’s not on my lap, it is draped over my spot on the couch. It’s the happiest corner of the house.
Would you like to add anything?
A huge thank you to the ten ladies who contributed a block! The ChicoBee quilt will always be a favorite no matter how many more quilts I make!
Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt
What about you? What’s your favorite quilt? Answer our questions on your blog and then link up on any of the daily posts. (You can even use the “My Favorite Quilt” button if you want!: http://www.sewmamasew.com/june2014/myfavoritequilt150.jpg) We’re giving away three $25 gift certificates to Fabricworm, randomly drawn from all entries in June.
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- Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
- Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
- What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
- What do you like best about the quilt?
- How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
- If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
- Where is the quilt now?
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