This interview is part of the Canadian Quilters Showcase series. I wanted to share with the world some of the amazing talent found here in our country. Quilters from across Canada have submitted quilts with their stories and are featured monthly. Know someone who should be showcased? Nominate them!
Meet Corey Follet!
Corey was born and raised in rural Newfoundland. His first quilt was hand sewn with the help of a niece, under the watchful eye of an older sister, when he was an adolescent. As a mostly self-taught quilter, twenty years later he returned to the craft equipped with a domestic sewing machine and a few lessons on how to use it from a partner and his partner’s grandma. In 2016, he started exploring quilting through improvisation and employing modern design elements to traditional blocks and motifs. In these past few years, he has had work featured in Home and Cabin Magazine, has had quilts displayed at Rocket Bakery and The Fabric Merchant in downtown St. John’s, has been the featured craftsperson in CBCNL’s What are You At? and has exhibited at the gallery at The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. Corey also maintains an online quilting business called The Quilted Stash, teaches workshops on his original design “Some Day on Quilts”, writes patterns for his original designs, and is currently involved in establishing Newfoundland and Labrador’s first Modern Quilter’s Guild.
I love the use of colour and the modern feel of this quilt. Cathedral Windows are on my ‘one day’ list, and after seeing this stunning quilt, they for sure have moved up the list.
Quilt name: Fit for a Queen; Scrappy African Cathedral Window Quilt
Finished size: 78″ x 95″
Pieced by: Corey
Quilted by: Corey
Why did you choose this pattern? How long did it take to make this quilt? Where did you get the pattern? Fabric?
I learned how to make a cathedral window block by watching a MSQ [Missouri Star Quilt] youtube video. I then improvised a pattern for the quilt by playing around with string piecing my scraps together from my rather large scrap stash. I had purchased some African print fabrics from Fabricville because they had caught my eye and I had found a project to use them in until I started playing around with this piece. Once the cathedral window blocks were constructed I then decided to add the solid panels to echo the colours from the blocks and to give it the appearance of a flag. This quilt was something I played with over a few months but if I were to make it again, it would likely be possible to complete it in a weekend.
Why do you quilt? What do you like most about it? What do you like least about it?
I quilt because it brings me absolute joy and peace. I feel most happy when I am sewing and creating and designing. I think I love the designing and piecing processes the most. The part I like least about quilting is squaring up quilts after they have been quilted. That part stresses me out lol.
Were there special people or circumstances that encouraged you to begin to quilt?
I had a partner, who passed away in 2013, who showed me how to use a sewing machine and we borrowed his grandma’s queen sized quilting frames on which I made my first real quilt in 2003. It was hand quilted and the only hand quilted one I have ever made. I prefer machine quilting.
What do you do with your finished quilts?
I sell some and I keep some to display. Some I have given away as gifts.
How do you decide on the colours and fabrics that go into your quilts?
I play a lot with scraps and I love to randomly haul from the scrap bin and see what becomes of it. I will almost always default to a light or medium grey background when in doubt because it is neutral and very modern to me.
What do you think of Fit for a Queen: Scrappy African Cathedral Window Quilt? Tell us in the comments!