|The studio of quilter Nicolette Pach|
in Huntington Bay, NY
at her studio
|Detail of a quilt in progress|
by Nicolette Pach
|Quilt by Nicolette Pach|
Nicolette prefers her own designs over established patterns, but has used both. Lately she makes mostly wall hangings of varied sizes. She usually starts with a detail which she repeats, like variations on a theme in music, and works it into a larger scale design.
|Front and reverse of Reef quilt by Nicolette Pach|
Nicolette started working on it after one of the major oil spills
Photos by Nicolette Pach
She usually works on a couple of quilts at the same time. They all are at different stages - design, initial sewing, quilting, finishing. Quilt making is a slow process to be savored at any stage. Switching between projects allows for a fresher look and helps the pieces not to look overworked.
|Front and reverse of a block by Nicolette Pach|
Nicolette collects fabrics anywhere she travels. She looks for unique fabrics, beautiful on their own and selects them more because of their interesting color than design. Her successful choices of fabrics are mentioned at juried shows. Having worked with various 'moody' fabrics including silks and batiks she is now coming to fully appreciate cotton with its consistent weight and stable stretchiness. She experiments with threads; her latest, for a large silk project, is a fishing line; she had to rig a special contraption for her longarm quilting machine, which she always hand guides, to have it perform to her satisfaction.