Monday, 1 September 2014

The Journey

If you've been following my blog and watching my sewing and designing for a while, you may have noticed that there has been a subtle shift in my paper pieced sewing recently.

My priority used to be to create accurate representations of items. I prided myself on being as accurate as I could be and on finding perfect fabrics to represent each animal, bird or thing in the patterns.

Then I entered my Bird Quilt in the Festival of Quilts. I was hugely proud of the quilt and smiled as I entered it, but looking at my entry next to all the amazing and colourful creations that others had sewn, it looked... well.. a bit bland!

Don't get me wrong, I still love the quilt and am immensely proud of it, but seeing it next to other quilts made me wonder if I could do something more creative- more artistic. Whether I could make more of a statement. Whether I could utilise the beauty of modern quilting fabrics more and let the fabrics play a greater role in the finished result.

I decided to try and play a bit. To have more fun. To make more of a statement.

Now I will admit that I stressed a bit about my decision to step away from the style that I was beginning to develop. But then I realised that I have never made any secrets about the fact that I see my blogging and sewing as one big journey.

When I looked at it this way, it just seemed wrong to get stuck at a halfway point because of a fear of what was to come. I realised that I had to take a leap of faith and hope that it paid off. If it didn't then there would be no shame in moving on again!

The next project that I undertook was Puzzled, a table runner for Make Modern. I don't know if you agree, but I find the design unlike anything that I have designed before. It is far sharper and I can't hide the fact that it excites me.

I can see many many possible uses for the one simple building block which is the basis for this project and I can't wait to share some of my ideas with you. To me, this simple pattern has so much potential for producing fun and stunning quilts. I really hope that I can find the time to play with it some more.

The first edition of Make Modern is released today so make sure you pop over, grab yourselves a copy and find out how to make my table runner.

The next patterns that I released after this change of heart were the bears. It is no coincidence that none of the sketches or images that I have produced of the bear patterns portray him in realistic brown and black fabrics.

I wanted to challenge people to try different things and to see my patterns in a different light. To experiment with fabric and colour.

Initial impressions are that my gamble paid off. It would seen that this pattern has caught the attention of people who would otherwise have ignored yet another realistic paper pieced design.

Only time will tell if people approve of Puzzled.

I intend to keep experimenting with my design. I have no doubt that some gambles will pay off and that others won't. I always find it virtually impossible to predict which patterns will take off  and which will tank, so please forgive me if I produce a few duds along the way- its all part of the journey!

As a final note I'd like to say thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to join in the Butterfly Challenge. Rascal and I will take the next few days to go through the entries and decide on the winners.


  1. I LOVE this pattern - L.O.V.E!! I cant stop thinking about all the possibilities with it... go you for trying new things and getting into new zones - you are amazingly good at this stuff no matter how you do it! xx

  2. I find your journey incredibly inspiring - especially as I tend to stick to my tried and true styles in so many things - great pioneering!! xx

  3. I have been enjoying watching your make your various patterns. I have to say that I love your realistic birds but that bear, well I adore him. And your puzzle quilt looks lovely too.

  4. and I admire your use of colour and patterns! Not something I would usually do, so I think I need to 'think outside the box' xx

  5. Cool pattern/design Juliet! As long as you are enjoying the journey I don't think it matters what direction you go! I love how your designs translate so well with the different fabric choices.

  6. Such a different design for you! Looks amazing.

  7. The puzzle is amazing but then actually all of your patterns are amazing - but hon - my favourite of all is the heart which arrived in my mail box on a day when I just needed a pick me up - thank you xxx

  8. I love what you are doing and the way you are giving yourself permission to develop and change. This is such an important part of the creative process!. Puzzled looks great and would be fun to do. I have really enjoyed your bears - tho the big one is probably a bit too advanced for me yet but time and practice will fix that. All I can say is keep doing what you do and let it develop before our eyes! We are privilaged!

  9. Lots of possibilities with the wonderful puzzle block. A journey is always fun, especially because your sharing it with so many :)

  10. I do think its a bit funny that I often pick oddball fabrics to make your patterns in and for the bear you went all quilt printy and I went totally bear brown :). I think that's one of the cool things about your patterns, they can be playful or realistic. Love the journey you're on.


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