welcome To The One Thimble Blog
I’m so excited to have a chat with Kate from Horris & Deedle today. Kate has been a contributor to One Thimble since way back in Issue 4 with her Rainy Days Quilt. Her Pencil Pencil Case from Issue 5 was also a big hit! I was so happy to have her back on board in Issue 11 with her Bunny & Bear Quilt.
This week Kate has been sharing some fabulous applique blog posts on the One Thimble blog – including some FREE templates!
Kate is a Stay-at-Home mum to five children and lives in Perth, Western Australia. She loves seeing her simple drawings come to life through the different colours and textures of fabric. She is addicted to putting cute appliques on cheap t-shirts and making baby quilts.
How’d you get into quilting?
I was fortunate enough to become an Aunty while I was finishing up high school. My little niece was my favourite thing in the world and I loved her so much (I still do of course, but she is 18 now). I spent a lot of time playing with her and I wanted to make her something that would remind her of how much I love her as she grew so I made my first quilt. Of course, if I had a good look at it now I would probably cringe and the workmanship, not to mention the fabrics I chose. I think I even use corduroy for the backing fabric! I think this is where my love of appligue began as well. I had lots of little motifs on that quilt which I blanket stitched on by hand as I travelled to and from uni each day on the train.
After that my second niece came along and I made one for her and a few years later I had my first little boy and made one for him. His baby quilt is all faded and stretched now but I love it when all of the children bring out their baby quilts to make cubbies in the bunk beds or when the girls use them for there doll picnics. It reminds me of all the anticipation and excitement I had while I looked forward to meeting each one of them.
What/who/where inspires you?
There are a few quilting blogs which I follow sporadically and which I’ve learnt a lot from over the years.
Most of my inspiration for creating though comes from what I see with my eyes. Good children’s illustrators often give me a base for colours and shapes, not to mention, inspire me to create something beautiful. I look out for ideas in many places and a lot of my quilts come from simple drawings which I’ve seen.
I saw this Paper City on a blog (http://madebyjoel.com/2010/04/paper-city.html) several years ago. It stayed in my mind until I made a quilt for a good friend of mine who was having baby boy.
The place where I get most of my inspiration to make something beautiful though is the natural world. The variety of plants and animals, the fine craftsmanship and wonderful design of different fruits and veges as well as the beauty and uniqueness of each season motivate me to make beautiful things with the best finish that my time allows for the people I love.
What’s your best tip for someone just getting started with quilting?
Just have a go. To tell you the truth, I don’t consider myself much of a quilter at all. I just do what I enjoy. I think that’s the best way to get started with a quilt- choose a pattern or a design that you love, choose fabrics that you love even more and a person who you love to make it for. Those three things should be some good motivation to try it.
What are you working on now?
At the moment I’ve got a half-finished Hoya dress from Issue 11 on my table, as well as two quilt tops based on my ‘Bear and Bunny’ Pattern with a few slight changes. I’m hoping to show them to you in a few weeks.
What’s something people mightn’t know about you?
I enjoy writing poems and children’s stories. One day when I have a bit more time on my hands, I hope to learn how to draw and paint properly so that I can write and illustrate my own children’s picture books.