Today I was part of a fabulous group of ladies attending a masterclass with Susan Smith in a wonderful converted barn
Susan had brought along three of her wonderful quilts for us to look at, I was lucky enough to see and take lots of photos of the original 'Stonefields' quilt (which deserves it's own post!) as well as the 'Prince' quilt we were to work on today.
One of the most striking things about Susan's quilts is her fabric choices and colour sense. I spent a large part of today studying the quilts and talking to Susan. I love the way she layers fabrics and fussy cuts cute details
I knew the fabrics I had originally pulled for this quilt were going to be different, which I was fine about, but I also knew they were not as exciting as Susan's
Susan came round each of us individually to offer advice and I quickly realised that the reason I don't think these are right, is that while each fabric is lovely on it's own, together they are BORING (my word not her's!!) I had made the classic mistake of starting with a matching fabric range (Fat 1/8th bundle and then adding others in the same colours) Susan suggested picking out just the colours I really liked from the stack...
and then adding some blues but also a few more lights, I thought that as my background was pale I didn't need light fabrics, but look what a difference it makes!
I am really happy with these colours and looking forward to making 'Prince' with them, I will wait a while as I wish to work on 'Stonefields' first, after seeing the original quilt I have a whole new idea about how I want to stitch my version...