A big hello to this week's featured sponsor, the lovely Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts. Alyce, who is currently spending a stint with her family in Japan, makes beautiful Japanese fabrics available to the rest of us. Welcome Alyce!
Me: You're currently in the middle of a 3 year stint in Japan. I'm so jealous of the sushi you must be eating! Also, the beautiful Japanese fabric, much of which you sell in your shop. Tell us, when did you decide to go from just shopping for lovely fabric to selling it in Blossom Heart Quilts?
Alyce: It was as simple as wanting to buy a whole lot more than my budget or cupboard could bear! Sharing my fabulous fabric finds helps cover my personal Japanese fabric needs and helps spread the squishy love.
Me: Quick, off the top of your head--what's your best-ever fabric find?
Alyce: Money-wise, the best fabric find was some Heather Ross fabric on sale for $5 a metre! A sentimental find was a beautiful navy, small-scale floral print. That one is stashed away for the perfect project.
Me: You also sell quilt patterns. I love your "Tea for Two"! How do you come up with pattern ideas?
Alyce: Thank you! Tea For Two was actually inspired by a manhole cover! I have several more sketched up also inspired by manhole covers, it's just a case of finding the time to make them all. Other designs in my sketch book come from patterns I see in real life and I really enjoy the process of breaking it down into an easy and doable quilt pattern.
Me: On your blog you say that quilting is your "cool breeze on a hot and stick summer's day" and your "shelter from the storm". I've made a few beginner quilts now, but I'm not quite to that level of zen yet. Any good tips for those of us wanting to quilt more?
Alyce: Oh yes, thinking about colours and fabric and designs is my happy place! I prefer to call it my passion, not an obsession - sounds a little bit more positive! The secret to beginning quilting and to keep it going, is to just do it. Throw yourself wholeheartedly into a project - research what design you want to make, what colours and fabrics you want to use, focus on the small, foundational skills along the way for accuracy so as to create that original vision you had. But most of all, enjoy it!
Alyce has generously agreed to give away a scrap pack of her Japanese fabrics from Blossom Heart Quilts. To win, leave a comment below, and I'll pick a winner next Saturday. Additionally, Alyce is offering 10% off the items in her shop for the next week for My Bit of Earth readers. Just use the code EARTH10.
[And the winner of last week's giveaway from Talulah Bean is Michelle!]