Monday, October 5, 2015

Technique Improvisation

Or should I say, Assembly Improv......sigh, no idea what to call my process these days.
Actually it's sort of a  Layering of Techniques. I'm finding myself changing techniques along the way, mixing several and experimenting, as I go. If that's not improv, than I don't know what is.

Here are some samples of the whole layered technique process.....sometimes it almost feels like I'm building the blocks.
Below are some shots of the techniques I have utilized in some of the blocks.

Assembly-line piecing for the background of the blocks, if you will.

I learned this amazing method, from the book Crazy Shortcut Quilts by Marguerita McManus and Sarah Raffuse. I have incorporated this concept in so much of my work.
I used this method for a background of sorts....but I only thought of it half way through, so not all the blocks are done this way....more mish mash!!! Well, that's what mixing techniques and experimenting along the way is all about.
Here are the Elongated Triangles I started with in Katie Pedersen's Workshop.
Here, I decided to applique the triangles to the "pieced background".

Cutting away excess fabric, from the back......

And what about the raw edges, on those appliqued triangles? On one edge of the triangle I "stitched and flipped" and on the remaining two, I used appliqué strips...applied to all the layers, appliqué as you quilt.
And there you have it. Who knows how I will join the blocks.....  
Note: On several of the blocks I used a few other techniques besides applique with those triangles but, I will save that for another day. It's probably time to write a few more tutorials....but I'm still in experiment mode.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Finding My Way Home

It's not that one necessarily starts or sets out to create a "Grief Quilt" but rather that one is grieving during the making of that quilt.  It is my experience, that the life behind the quilt has a way of showing up, in the quilt.

I started my journey, map in hand, with the cocky idealism of youth. With a relatively pain free childhood behind me, I thought I knew where I was going. Nothing really prepared me for the unexpected bumps in the road. The mountain tops and the valleys....the exquisite moments of joy and the dark valleys of pain.

Somewhere along the line I threw my map away and discovered that many roads lead home. At times there is the death of a dream but often around the corner is the birth of a new one.  The longer I journey, I find the less I know....perhaps that's a good thing.

There is vulnerability in working improv, as it documents one's journey through life. Perhaps this is why I love working this way so much....for me it's cathartic as I loose myself in the process. 

Then suddenly, the quilt is finished and I am often somewhat restless and bereft at that moment. Such was the case when I finished the quilt I started in Krista's Hennebury's Class (Improv Under the Influence).

Finding My Way Home

Finding My Way Home...close up

The center of the quilt is the orginal set of instructions or map, if you will.  Then somewhere along the way, the quilt took several twists and turns of it's own. The colours started to mingle and things started to fracture. I also incorporated several different techniques along the way....changing things at will. 

I will always see this quilt of part my journey of finding my way through.

Below are several process shots.

And through it all we had a wedding......

 My two beautiful daughters at the rehearsal...

And of course, there is nothing like my beautiful grandchildren to give me a reason to Find My Way Home!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Just What Have I Been Up to?

Sometimes life has a way of taking over, but I thought I would stop and share a few pics, lest you thought I dropped off the quilting world altogether.

 After getting home from the coast....a little painting was in order.

And as usual I spent time rearranging my studio....I'm always trying to find the best layout. It usually takes me several tries. I had to find the best spot for my expandable quilting desk. A perfectly good excuse for moving "EVERYTHING" I tell myself.

After all, one never knows when one might need to support an ever-growing project.

And since my design wall was simply too small for this ever-growing quilt, I expanded the design wall as well.

Below are are some shots of my ever-growing quilt that I started in Krista Hennebury's class "Improv Under the Influence"while in Victoria.

Of course, once I started....I couldn't stop.

And yes....I turned into a QAYG (quilt as you go) project.

More details to come on this assured.

My youngest daughter is getting married on this the size it will stay until after the wedding.

Monday, July 20, 2015

We have a Book Winner!!

Thank you for all your wonderful comments on improv type quilting!!! I wish I had copy of Sherri Lynn's amazing book for each and everyone of you. But, alas there can only be one winner. 

And, that lucky winner is M-R of Quilt Matters
Congrats, are going to love this book.

Note: M-R, if you could contact me at with your mailing address, I will get the publishers to mail your new, fabulous book. Enjoy!!!!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Picking up the Pieces....finally finished

I finally finished Picking up the Pieces last week and we went for a photo shoot, along the ocean. Since I'm back to Alberta tomorrow, I wanted to take the opportunity....alas, no ocean in Alberta.

I have yet to put together any QAYG tutorials regarding this quilt, as there were several QAYG experiments involved in putting it together. There was a rather wild moment involving a rotary cutter and an already quilted work in progress, resulting in several already quilted pieces (in very odd shapes). And what does one do with that??? Way to complex to go into today.......but someday!!


Quilt Back.....yup, pretty much reversible, don't you think!!
All part of that crazy QAYG experimenting.
Reminder: Give Away on yesterday's post.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.....July Blog Hop

Bias Strip Petals.....My Process and Book Give Away
Shifting Impressions

Last winter, I had the privilege of being one of the testers for Sherri Lynn Wood's new book, The Handbook for Modern Quilters. I enjoyed my experience immensely. 

To quote the book description on Amazon; "instead of traditional instructions, she (Sherri Lynn Wood) presents 10 frameworks (or scores) that create a guiding, but not limiting, structure." All of the testers received one of the 10 scores.

When I received the "Bias Petal" score...a little panic ensued. Why, you might ask? Well, did the improv part unnerve me? No, not in the least, as I have been having my own love affair with improv  quilting for some time now. What about the curved piecing or bias strips??  No, not really, curved piecing and I are old friends. What was it then?? The word PETAL...yes, the word PETAL!!  Nothing personal...but, but, but I don't do flowery petal type things!!!!  Yup....that knocked me right out of my comfort zone, which is probably a good thing.

I needed several bias strips and as usual got a little carried away.

 I cut meters upon meters of bias strips (after all, I wanted variety).  I still have plenty of those strips sitting around for more projects.
Whenever working with fabric cut on the bias....bubbles and puckers can be a problem. But Sherry Lynn has plenty of tips to combat those pesky bubbles. My secret weapon is spray starch!!!!

I made several petals...and just kept putting up on my black design wall.  I used several gradient type fabrics and mostly solids or tone on tone fabrics.

I decided to shatter the petals...somewhere along the way, I stopped thinking of them as petals. I shattered them by slicing through the petals (using my rotary cutter) and shifting them a little and sewing them back together.
The shattering and shifting....created a fairly different effect.
I took one look at the design wall and the question that kept running through my head in the world am I going to put this all together, into one piece??? I was determined to do it all by hand sewing whatsoever.

As you can see, I started by quilting sections, with no idea where I was going. And of course, I tossed in a little QAYG (Quilt as you Go) for good measure.

Shifting Impressions....Quilt Con 2015
 (and yes, we both made it to Quilt Con!!)

As an added bonus, I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with Sherry Lynn (Quilt Con 2015).
The score here was "Floating Squares", but that would be another blog post. My major problem here was limiting myself to so few wasn't long before I was sneaking in a few more in. Hey, that is what improv is all about, right?
Sherri Lynn's publishers are generously giving away one free copy of Sherri Lynn's  fabulous book.  Just leave me a comment about your experience or lack of experience regarding improv type quilting by July 15. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Note: the book give away is open for residents of Canada and the United States only. Also, please make sure  your email info is available, with your comment should you be a no-reply commenter.


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