Monday, June 18, 2007

Time for a real stretch

I don't have a background in art and I've sewn very little over the years, so I'm a little surprised at how intensely I've taken to quilting. I've spent the last couple years learning basic quilting skills and figuring out what works for me, and now I'm ready to break some rules! Actually, I don't think of it as breaking rules, I think of it as trying my wings -- finding out who I am as as a quilter. If the end result is not aesthetically pleasing, it doesn't matter what rules are followed or broken.

I love this book -- I've spent hours looking at the quilts and trying to figure out what makes them work. Most of them I like, several I love, and a few I could do without. It's not a pattern book, it's a book that gives you ideas you can play with. It shows you a few things you need to know, then sets you free. And now I'm going to give it a try! We recently repainted our main living area and changed the furniture. This was a big step for me -- my first walls that weren't white! We love it, but we have a big blank wall over the cranberry red couch. My wonderful husband suggested that it would be the perfect place for a quilt. And it would! So I'm going to try some of the suggestions in this book to come up with a quilt for that space. YES!

For other projects -- Laurel's I Spy quilt is almost completely quilted (I love watching the diamonds form on the back!) and in looking through the Outside the Block book, an idea for a border for my Stroop quilt just popped into my head -- I hadn't even thought about a border before! Can't wait. Unfortunately, I have to go to work in 10 minutes.

7 comments:

Lazy Gal Tonya R said...

I hate when I'm ready to sew but practical matters interfere. Darn. That book has always looked fun to me, but I've never actually seen a copy.

The Calico Cat said...

I have a bed sized quilt over my couch - 12 foot ceilings...

May I suggest a curtain rod with clips to have the quilt... (I got mine at JoAnnes...)

JoAnna said...

I'm not sure what it is about quilting that allows us all to dive in so readily, but it is WONDERFUL. I look forward to seeing your quilts outside the block! You break those silly "rules."

Pam said...

I took a two day workshop from Sandi Cummings on "Thinking outside the block" It was quite interesting. Lots of sewing and cutting pieces and then sewing them back together. Have fun with the book!

anne bebbington said...

There are NO rules - or at least only where the Quilt Police roam and they're not allowed into my house - go with the flow, do as you please and what pleases you - after all even Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin are deemed art in some circles and I'll bet their creations won't be a patch on any of our quilts

Quilting Mama said...

What an interesting sounding book, I may have to check on that one. I like books that help me design my own, rather than always following a pattern (though I love a good pattern on occasion, too!)

Shelina said...

That book does sound interesting. You could look into Gwen Marston's liberted piecing techniques as well.
I think a quilt over your couch would be lovely. We painted out walls a different color too. I was thinking of a very soft color, that would be white with a hint of some blue. My daughter chose this robin's egg blue that is much brighter, and I am so glad, because it makes me feel hapy. It's my house and I can paint it whatever color I want, and I was especially looking forward to it not looking like my apartments.