Thursday, 9 January 2014

Shop of the Week No. 13, The Butterfly Quilter

 This week’s Shop of the Week was chosen by Stephanie, from TheAstralCharm. Here is the winning treasury.

I have to say this has been one of my favourite shops for a while now. The standard of workmanship, design, and love that goes into all of the beautiful quilts and hangings here stand out a mile. The colours are soft and beautifully put together. You can tell this is work by an artist who knows her art like the back of her hand. So let’s find out a little bit more about the owner of thebutterflyquilter, Patricia Caldwell.

Tell us a little about yourself and your work

Textile Fibre Art and Quilting is a passion of mine. It started over 25 years ago and just grew from there. I designed and was published in different quilting magazines and opened a business quilting for others. When my husband retired from the Air Force I knew it was time to do what I love to do full time. I closed the business quilting for others and now I am doing what I love full time, designing and making Textile Fibre Art Quilts.

What inspires your work?
Inspiration comes from so many different things. We hike a lot so I always have a camera and the smallest thing like a leaf will set off a design idea in my head. I dream a lot of designs and find myself awake at all hours just putting on paper something so my brain can rest and I can go back to sleep.

What are your favourite colours?
My favourite colour is purple. I don’t have much in my shop though. I find I go through stages with colour, like teals and blues, then to browns and tans; the colours of nature.

What is your favourite medium/material?
My favourite medium is dyed fabrics, batik fabrics, fibres, beads and I love thread.

What is your favourite holiday destination?
I have to say one year when we were stationed in Germany, we went to Austria. Just beautiful.

What other artists work to you admire and aspire to?
I saw a quilt by Caryl Bryer Fallert and that is what set me in motion to learn to quilt. I love everything about her work. Just beautiful and breathtaking.

What are you most proud of?

I could say because I have been published in magazines and accepted into large quilt shows which is an honour, but I have to say it is being able to share my art with others. If someone asks how I did something I am always willing to share. It is how we can keep our art alive and growing.

Thank you Patricia for taking part.  If you would like to view Patricia’s shop just click here. Her work is truly inspiring.

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