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.


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