Living between Dublin and Brussels, I've been working for a number of years in the cultural sector, mostly in the promotion and management of music. Recently, I found myself captivated by the ideas and practice of self-sustainable living. Combining a gradual move away from management/admin work towards creative work, with perfecting quilting and sewing techniques, I'm now working hard to set up an Etsy shop and blog to make these ideas a reality!
After spending a few years making quilts as gifts for family and friends, I received increasingly positive feedback on the quality and the unique designs. So I'm going to get myself in gear in 2012 and will make one whole collection in the style I've been working on, combining heavy, durable linen, not used in traditional quilting, with second-hand & vintage scarves to make something "a little old, a little new".
So here I am! I'm hoping to raise the production cost of my first line of quilts & cushions that will form the rewards for this project.
a little old, a little new doesn't just apply to the fabrics I'm using (new linen with vintage silk/cotton/polyester) but also to the style; I want to retain the nostalgia associated with handmade quilts, but with a contemporary design. The design is a cream linen with centre pieces that are vintage scarves, mostly from the 1970's and the quilts & cushions are a combination of handmade and machine made. The scarves are each unique as they are one-off finds, so each cushion and quilt will be different to the others. Also, as I don't use patterns, I tend to just create as I go, so each design is individual and beautiful!
I have been making quilts so far by hand, or on my old sewing machine, but it's only just able to cope with the amount I've already been doing. There's a machine I've been coveting for some time and pieces of equipment that are essential for a professional finish (such as professional scissors, rulers, the handiest piece of equipment called a rotary cutter that makes cutting tricky shapes so easy!). I'll also source material and threads that will go into making really beautiful rewards. The rewards will be packaged with handwritten cards and labels and wrapped in tissue for safe delivery to your home.
I'm very excited by this new adventure and thanks a million for taking the time to read this far!