Thursday, January 13, 2011

Notes


I did this probably a year and a half ago...
and finally got around to quilting it yesterday... I 
really didn't know hat to do with the quilting, 
so I just used it as a way to experiment with batting and some texture...
I'm not crazy about he meander, but I do like the little quilt itself. 
It's bright and cheery, and I love how the ORANGE pops right out of it...
These were scraps from my SUNNY D quilt... and included a bunch of silks.
they have a nice sheen in them and stand out against the cottons...


Note on intuition quilts:

I'm noticing that many of you,  your scraps are STRIPS.
How is it that you all have so many strips?
If you want a challenge, cut those strips to shreds....
Don't clean them up, 
use the angles as you find them and you will get a block 
that has many more angles to them... 
try free piecing some blocks together, 
and not working round and round on your scrap... 


Try getting away from that log cabin sort of approach if you find you can not loose up

BREAK YOUR STRIP PIECING HABIT


Don't take the easy path.

Work on your Y seams,
and your curves
and works with those tiny scraps you can't dare to part with.

I keep a box under my sewing table so when I cut off a bit all the LITTLE pieces go into it.. 
So when I make fabric I use those bits to make blocks like these...

Give it a whirl and show me your progress.

Happy Sewing!

8 comments:

mom2four said...

Ok, so I'm new to this site (found it only a few days ago, a week at max) AND new to quilting so I'm totally learning here! But one question....do you kinda lay these out before you start sewing? I tried to do one the other day and my "15min" was probably more like an hour and I had to do some seam riping cause I was sewing as I went and would get to seams that couldn't be sewn together since I'd already sewn parts.....not to mention a semi circle thrown in to the loop (I've only completed a quilted notebook cover w/zigzags and a quilt top with squares) that I had such trouble figuring out how to do ;) LOL but I'm sooooo inspired by these!

Nifty Quilts said...

Fabulous quilt!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

As you sew some bit sot gether, you can square it up if you want... once you get a wonky bit, that won't cooperate, cut that bit off, make a straight lime again, but it doesn't have to be 90 degrees, make a straight line at an angle... You may find your building a piece of fabric into a pentagon shape or hex sahep, and from that you can have the liberty of cutting the exact square you want... (or whatever shape your dealing with... Just focus on making a piece of fabric, and old shape, and from that cut your squares, let go of the thought of making squares straight away...

I'll try to add more samples soon...

hope that helps...

Miki Willa said...

Okay. I accept the challenge of working with curves and Y seams. I have a feeling, however, that my 15 minute blocks will take a bit longer until I get better at these things.

Mary-Frances said...

Ok, entering strip piecing rehab right now!! ;-)
But really V, Y-seams??? Are you trying to make me cry? lol

Cindy said...

My 15 minutes take longer only because I don't have my scraps organized. I find myself cutting pieces off a large remnant because I want to use the fabric. I need to free myself more and stop thinking about what fabric I want to sew on next!

QuiltSwissy said...

I really like the process and the result. Thanks for posting the next post about how to do as well, I think it is useful to have the steps and the pictures together. It gives people confidence. I am just beginning to step out, and I always though of myself as not afraid of anything in quilting, traditional quilting that is!

I love your little piece. I was making scrap fabric for a long time, just didn't know what to do with it. I would take all the scraps out of people's garbage cans at retreats and sew them together. I was ahead of my time!

glen

jovaliquilts said...

I came back to read this following a link from Mrs. Moen, and she was right -- it definitely is an inspirational post! I hadn't thought about it, but I do tend to work with strips and log cabin-like piecing.