“I love quilting and for some time, I’ve been fascinated with 2″ charms, and all the possibilities they offer. About 2 year ago, after seeing some rainbow quilts on the web, I decided to make one myself. To collect a wider variety of fabric, I took part in an international charm swap and started begging my quilting friends for scraps. It took me more than a year to collect enough suitable pieces to start.
For nearly three weeks, the floor of our guest room (and my sewing space) changed into the designer board. I started with laying out 1000 2” charms – each one different – with only a very vague vision where I wanted to get from here. And then the most interesting, but also the most difficult part started: shuffling, swapping, replacing the charms into new shapes and shades, until I was satisfied – and the design was approved by my husband.
I’d studied a couple of ways of sewing together the charm quilt pieces, but I decided to put mine together in the 5×5 block, as this approach made it easier to mark the pieces and keep the colors in the right order – I called this process “the shrinking” because with every seam, the quilt grew smaller and smaller.
For some time, I pondered the quilting, but finally decided to go simple, ripples – to break the square feeling – across the light core. And tha’s why I named it THE CORE. I put it on the wall in our guest room and would never sell it.
And why I’m proud of myself? I think I created something worthwhile, learned a lot about quilting during the process, became more courageous in experimenting with fabric, and made a couple of great friend through the swaps.”
Mimi from Bratislava, Slovakia