At Home guest:Sharon Griffin, once a co-worker of mine, a fantastic gardener and quilter extraordinaire, has graciously let me invade her space. A year ago when I visited herquilting studio, I couldn't help thinking how quietly many of us work at hobbies and interests, and even friends don't know the extent of our involvement. It's only when you start asking questions that you find out what people are really up to. Yes, I asked lots of questions.
BeginningsSharon began quilting in 1996 when she was attracted to a quilt her sister-in -law created. She hasn't looked back since that first course when she created the quilt below the old fashioned way. No rotary cutters then and little fabric selection in our fair city.
|First quilt 1996|
|Traditional patterns on quilt stand|
Why quilting?No one could dispute that quilting creates beautiful objects, but I suspect there is more to Sharon's interest in it than that. She admits to being an organized, tidy person and there is something about the precision needed to quilt that suits these characteristics. It is a quiet, solitary activity that also can be quite social, and fulfill a love of learning if you participate in guilds and workshops. I've always know Sharon to be a lover of fabric and colour. What better interest could she choose than quilting? Her work adds uniqueness and warmth to her home. This is so important in a world of mass produced objects.
Variety of ApplicationsAnd quilting isn't just about quilts. The range of projects is limitless...
|needle holders, glasses case, bags, mug sleeves....|
|sewing kits, journal covers...|
|3 D birds, wall hangings and ...|
|Off the wall blocks.|
Being a lover of all things contemporary, these off the wall quilt blocks really impressed me. I would have no difficulty adding one to my own contemporary decor. Because they are finished on all sides and stand up well, they could be added to any mantle, shelf or table top as part of a vignette. This has gotten me thinking...
It's easy to see that landscape has become a primary influence in Sharon's more recent work.
|Abstracted landscape created with a variety of threads|
|NL landscape with lots of stitching|
And this truly amazing one is pieced together and embellished to such a degree that one would think it was a painting. A photo of their garden shed was the inspiration.
Integrating quilting projects in your decorWhen you are a prolific quilter there is no way you can display everything you create. Family members usually make out well for birthdays and Christmas! More things get stored and brought out for seasonal events. The trick is to show just enough, and to come up with ways to showcase projects that put them front and centre.
Let's take a tour
|Dining room and living room quilted projects|
A strong preference for warm, rich colours adds so much to the soft white furniture in the living room. While there's quite a few quilted accessories in the living room and dining room, the space doesn't feel overdone. One of the reasons is the variety of projects used : a quilt, a wall hanging and a pillow. If you look at all four images you can see how the different colours flow throughout the space creating cohesiveness, warmth, and an open invitation to sit awhile.
The poppy wall hanging in the dining room is new and very striking. When I first saw it I thought it was a painting it is so realistic. I'm glad it is hung at the perfect height for guests to observe it when sitting down.
A photograph does not do justice to the overall stitching and embellishments at the centre of the poppy. Do have a closer look.
|Master bedroom in chartreuse and pinks|
Rather than a quilt, a bed runner is used to accent the bed and the wall hanging on the opposite wall is the first thing that greets you as you enter the bedroom. Don't you love the freshness of this colour combination?
|Autumn inspired guest room|
One of the best ways to integrate quilting into decor is to choose lighter backgrounds that won't compete with the patterns in the quilting. Sharon's favourite background is a soft white. As you can see it is perfect for showing off any colour combinations, and it has a very contemporary feel even when the quilting pattern is traditional. The connection between the quilt and wall hanging in this room creates a fresh, welcoming look and the colours blend beautifully with the honey toned furniture.
|Black and white is always striking|
Nothing looks sharper than black, especially with white. The reversibility of quilted projects allows you to have two looks for the price of one. You can also use a table runner as a bed runner to accent a twin bed. Pillows can be moved from room to room if you keep the colourways neutral enough.
And there you have just a glimpse into the world and home of this prolific quilter. Thanks Sharon for letting us visit her home.
Thanks for dropping by.