Anyone who has followed my Instagram or Pinterest over the past year, has probably noticed this little affinity I have for quilting and patchwork. I’d notice influences here and there, and then began to experiment with some quilting techniques of my own on some pouches for the Den & Delve Shop. Recently, as I kept tabs on the collections at the men’s and women’s fashion weeks happening around the globe, I was excited to see some quilting appearances in major designer’s shows, including the Calvin Klein Fall 2017 Collection designed by Raf Simons. A bit of positive influence to keep the quilt ball rolling!
photos via Vogue Runway
Now that I have quilts on the brain, I seem to be seeing them everywhere… or perhaps the trend is picking up momentum more than we give credit to? This past weekend at the flea market there were impressive examples around every corner, showcasing their intricate patterns, details and explosions of color. I was hooked. The hunt was on for the perfect quilt to repurpose into new pouches or scarves for the Den & Delve Shop.
I first introduced some quilt-inspired items with the Deserts & Canyons collection (1 & 2) this past Autumn. Utilizing both actual vintage quilt pieces and applying traditional quilting techniques to my own materials was a fun way to bring a bit of Americana and Western vibe to the collection. As the collection was inspired by the Southwest – both Native American culture and the great American West – my early intentions were to only include quilted items in these collections. However, as my fondness for their patterns (and even the process of creating them) grew, so did other’s interest as well. I also began to notice more and more quilting influence and details in fashion and design (as referenced above).
items from the Deserts & Canyons Autumn 2016 collection (most no longer available)
Meanwhile, back at the Flea Market, I combed through stacks of old textiles looking for that certain quilt. I must give credit though to my friend who found the perfect specimen for me… knowing I’m a little color shy with my aesthetic for items in the shop, this quilt was the perfect blend of neutrals, some favorites of blue and black, but splashed with just a bit of color! (a good balance for dipping my toe in the color pond). The details and amount of work that probably went into this large quilt are extremely impressive… I didn’t have the heart to tell the vendor I’d be cutting it up!
I’ll be experimenting with how to dissect this quilt and partner pieces with other vintage or repurposed fabrics to create the perfect pouch. Keep watching my Instagram and Facebook for updates and progress over the upcoming weeks.