At QuiltCon in Nashville this year the highlight for me was listening to a lecture by Mary Fons – a knowledgable, brilliant woman that made me feel so excited about our craft. One thing she said has really stayed with me – the meaning of the word RESPECT. Re – meaning to go back and Spect from the latin specere – to look. In a nutshell LOOK AGAIN.
I’ve seen Chris’s quilts at Festival and they made an impression, but taking the time to make the film and look again, has really given me a huge respect for him as a person, and for his creative process.
Every square inch of Chris’s quilt has a surprising, beautiful detail. Iconic Liberty prints hanging out with faded denim, novelty candy cane cotton and Pilchard the cat from Bob the Builder.
I was really sad when filming ended and the quilt left the studio. I wanted to keep looking and studying and enjoying a piece that has been made with an enviable playfulness and skill.
Editing the film made me a little sad when Chris joked that his son, the quilt’s owner, called him a cheapskate for gifting it to him! The quilt I made my teenage son Harry a few years back is also hidden in his wardrobe away from view. But ultimately we know that they know we care, and that the quilts we make will be cherished in the years ahead.
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