Sunday, April 6, 2014
The fabric from the center squares was also from the sewing room. It all went well until I needed fabric for the setting squares. The whole point of using fabric that was already in the sewing room was to keep from digging into the supplies, but I needed other fabric for the setting squares. Since black and white goes with almost anything, I wound up auditioning a lot of different fabric - more black and white fabric, green, red, and yellow.
I found the pretty red, which is one of my favorite fabrics. It turned this scrappy, use up what you have, into a beautiful quilt that was worth the effort. I also spent a lot of time auditioning the border fabric. I participated in a black and white fat quarter swap when I first discovered that quilting groups were on the internet. Most of my black and white fabrics are from this swap, and I think they have waited long enough. I discovered the internet quilting groups just in time to know that I had jut missed the millennium swaps. There had been many people who swapped fabrics for the end of the century. Before that, I was a lonely quilter, trying to figure out everything from magazines. Anyway, the border fabric has cows on it, and the word "moo, but it looks like 2000 to me when I first saw it, and it made me feel that I had a late chance to participate. One of the black and white fabrics has chickens on it, so a cow fabric isn't out of place.
I had originally cut the setting triangles incorrectly, and decided to play around with putting the bad triangles on the front of the quilt. I like it! I can add them as prairie points so I can still use the border.
After sewing the raw edges, the triangles would be smaller than they were pictured. I decided I wanted the triangles even smaller, so I folded them in half instead of cutting more and sewing them to each other. Here they are cut and ready to sew into the border. I'm wondering if I should add something (applique? embroidery? and if so, what?) to those center black squares or leave them as is.
I am also working on helping my daughter sew a blouse. I am not used to making clothes, but it is turning out quite nicely.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Photo by Gianluca Plantana CC BY 2.0 via Flickr
Anyway, I discovered that there is a modern quilt guild on Facebook, and I joined it. One of the posts was asking for volunteers to do a demonstration at an upcoming meeting. She said it would be an improv demo. I'm sure she meant that the demonstrator could just improvise and do a quick demonstration on whatever she wanted, but it made me think of my latest improv quilt.
The thing is, I have thought of modern quilts and improv quilts to be on opposite sides of the spectrum. On a modern quilt, there is a lot of attention spent on artistry and execution. Sure the shapes are simple, but careful consideration is given to color placement, and balance, and precision and all those kinds of things. They are deceptively simple because they look easier than they are. Sure I could make one, but will it look as good as one made by a modern quilter?
On the other hand, improv is more spent on bold design and more winging it. You may not know what you are going to get at the end, but you take a chance to see if it will be good or not. I suspected but now know that an improv quilt is not easier to make than a modern quilt is. Sure, you (okay, like I did) can take the lazy way out and not bother to square up your blocks before sewing them together, but then you have to figure out how to work your way out of your "mistake" when the quilt doesn't lie flat.
Having just watched the Olympics, and particularly the story of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, it makes me think of ice skating, like Nancy's artistry is compared to Tonya's big jumps and bold moves.
In skating, it is possible to have both artistry and physical technique, and I am sure the same is true for quilting. I could have spent more time squaring up the blocks, or arranging them on a design wall. But then you lose some of the free spirit of the improv quilt.
What do you think, can you have both? Is there such a thing as a modern improv quilt?
Friday, February 21, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Since it remains cold, the snow is still here and very deep, up to the top of Zeus's legs. Luckily, he loves it.
I even saw people waiting for the bus, standing on top of snow like this or even deeper, without falling through. The whole length of the street had snow that was that deep.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
I don't know why my camera overexposed all the photos I took today. The city does not not clear the side streets unless .. I'm not sure what the unless is, but our street hardly ever gets cleared. Many of my neighbors get stuck coming out of their driveways and parking spots on the street.