The trials and tribulations of a quilt maker – homage to Sally Ablett

9 10 2014

Members of Brockhampton Quilters enjoyed a veritable feast of quilts last night.  Some of our members were at home watching the GBBO final but the rest of us feasted our eyes on more quilts than we have ever seen in one evening!

Sally designs, makes and usually quilts for fabric designers to help sell their fabric.  She also designs for magazines and writes books.  It sounds like an idyllic job but of course all jobs have their ups and downs.  Imagine a parcel of fabric dropping through your letter box and having the luxury job of using it to to make whatever quilt you like. Now imagine you have to use the complete range of fabric whether you like it or not and you can’t add in any of your stash.  Now remember that it has to be designed, made, quilted and bound in less than 3 weeks (maybe even a week) and it starts to sound like hard work!

Sally has made some wonderful quilts, designing many of them using EQ (a computer design program) and she works hard to design quilts that are easy to put together accurately.  The computer design process allows her to see secondary patterns in her basic quilt blocks and to try out different colour combinations.  Once she has fixed on the design, the program gives her fabric requirements and cutting instructions without any more effort.  All this helps turn around quilts in double quick time.  She is fussy about matching points and that is always a focus in her designs for  quilters. She wants anyone who uses her pattern to get a good result. Indeed one of her pleasures is to see the quilts that people have made using her designs.  Although she does use long arm quilters to quilt some of her work, she usually quilts herself using large overall flower patterns.  The design worked really well on one of sthe quilt below made from charm packs and grey fabric.  It was one of my favourites.IMG_2974 IMG_2971IMG_2982

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