Do you have that problem – I really do have a butterfly mind – I sit down at the computer – to check emails, or surf for something specific and something catches my eye and away I go. Tutorials, bags, lessons – I belong to several sites which require payment – The Quilt Show and QNTTV or something like that. I love watching and learning AND stretching myself and my knowledge. I keep learning new things AND keep buying things as well. My friend from the U.S brought me so many goodies that I had bought and sent to her to bring over here. – oh such a wonderful mixture of everything!! The best – a bag of 1 pound of hand dyed scraps from Ricky Timms and the fabrics are so beautiful – a total of 3 yards of fabric strips – minimum 4.5″ x WOF. Any suggestions as to what I could make with it? I will come up with something.
It has been a while since I wrote and really life has been hectic. I have been trying to decide if I am a Modern Quilter or a Traditional Quilter. Between my teaching and my quilting – I really love spreading the word about the joys of quilting. Therapeutic is the word for quilting. Recently read on Missouri Star of a woman who was born with a serious birth defect which required her to spend 2 months in hospital every year for her whole life, which was predicted to be early 20s. She learned to sew as a teenager and started around 17 to sew while she was in hospital. Well she has been making quilts ever since – particularly in the hospital – the sewing distracts from the pain she suffers – but she is now 62 – what a star – and she blames the quilting and the joy of both distracting but also so much happiness in what she is doing.
Back to my subject —
- Well I prefer quilts which are NOT regimented into the same block in the same colours across the entire quilt.
- I prefer patterned fabrics – traditional or modern or reproduction or whatever – all fabrics attract me –
- I think I prefer blenders which have been printed in a tone on tone way to solid colours – but also
- I see the virtue in the dullness of solid colours to liven up the other fabrics in a print.
- I have the feeling that modern quilting seems to choose the easy patterns BUT
- I really enjoy some of the short cuts to make life easier – and different – well you know – nine patch to disappearing nine-patch and so on.
- Other than matching point detail and my strict quarter-inch seam, I tend to do my own thing but still follow either a pattern or an idea. – Is that modern or me?
Over to you –