As part of the Customer Service department at Clothworks, one of my duties is to respond to the various email queries that folks send. Many times, these queries are from people around the United States, but every once and a while, Clothworks will get a query from someone residing outside the U.S. It amazes me how far across the globe our fabric spans. In fact just last week I was helping Hedi from Germany locate one of the cross-promotional patterns that is used in conjunction with our Laurel Burch Sea Spirits fabric collection. After a bit of back & forth correspondence, Hedi showed me the most amazing thing that she had made- a quilt of her own design, pieced with various Laurel Burch fabrics. I was blown away when I opened the picture she had attached to the email. So much so, I asked her for permission to share it with the blogging world!
As you can see from the portion of the quilt pictured above, Hedi used various Laurel Burch fabrics in making this quilted masterpiece. I love how she took the different motifs from each of these Laurel Burch fabrics and framed them with the Laurel Burch basics. As I asked her about how she conjured up this beautiful creation, she said it all began while she was on vacation, in a quilt shop of course, over 3 years ago in May 2010. She picked up the last yard of ‘Secret Jungle’ fabric in one store, and then moved on to the next store snagging a panel of ‘Fanciful Felines’ from the sales table. These purchases would go on to seed her passion for collecting Laurel Burch fabrics. The internet, with its countless online shop & auction sites, provided Hedi with an amazing resource where she could scour the whole world to find some Laurel Burch treasures! ‘Flying Colors’ flew the friendly skies in a little brown package and ‘Dancing Horses’ globe-trotted up to her doorstep! Through these connections, Hedi found that it really was a small world after all– she had met some lovely quilters who sold her these fabrics, one of them being a neighbor to the infamous Laurel Burch!
After spending more than a year collecting various Laurel Burch fabrics, Hedi began work on her quilt-of-art in July 2011. She started cutting motifs from the main Laurel Burch prints to create the ‘pictures’ for her quilt, and then cut strips of Laurel Burch basics to create the ‘frames’ to border these ‘pictures’. She was brave enough to ask her husband’s opinion on what ‘frame’ color looked best with which ‘picture’. As many quilters can attest, sometimes a certain fabric will look completely different paired with certain colors.
Once Hedi had sewn the ‘pictures’ and ‘frames’ together- she scattered all of the blocks on the floor to decide on a layout. With such a major task upon her, and a deadline to finish her quilt top by the end of October, Hedi enlisted the aid of MS Excel to help her get the correct measurements needed for the sashing. She chose a basic Laurel Burch tonal to sash the quilt- the black swirl from ‘Dancing Horses’. After a marathon sewing session, Hedi completed her quilt top and was on a plane to Florida with her quilt for some sun & fun, as well as an appointment with her quilter!! And just look at the amount of work that went in to this brilliant quilt!!! (It measures a very healthy 95″ x 96″.)
As you can tell, Hedi’s enthusiasm for collecting Laurel Burch fabrics carried over into creating her masterpiece. As Clothworks continues to release new Laurel Burch lines, she’s more than thrilled to add to her collection and make more quilts. You go girl!!
Do you recognize which Laurel Burch fabrics were used? Here’s a list:
Dancing Horses, Ocean Songs, Jungle Song, Bubbles, Fanciful Felines, Fantastic Felines, Mythical Horses, Kindred Spirits, Secret Jungle, Holiday Celebration, and Celestial Dreams to name a few….