Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Sketch Book of Sorts

Many quilters and artists have sketch books....I have tried, but have never been able to create a successful one that works for me. Others keep journals, again, I have never lasted more than a few entries. This blog has been the closest thing to a journal or sketch book I have been able to maintain.  So what do I do with all the creative, quilting ideas running around my head? I create quilt swatches or Works in Progress if you will. Trust me, I have piles of WIPs.  I think of these as ideas that are simmering.....some have been simmering for several years. Hmm.....maybe I'm just rationalizing but hey, a girl has to do what a girl has to do.

 
These are a couple of WIPs that are over five years old.

 

These are my experiments with fusing.

 

I have added a little matchstick quilting.

 

The matchstick quilting, although easy, is pretty time consuming.

 

I have been having fun playing with my new iPad Pro.....just testing out some quilting lines. I have never tested quilting lines before....well, I guess there's a first time for everything.

11 comments:

  1. I love these quilt swatches! I'm matchstick quilting a small project right now and it IS time consuming! But such beautiful results!~karen

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  2. And here I thought I was the only one who just couldn't get into journaling or a sketch book. I am much the same.. Over the years the journals and sketchbooks have pretty much ended up as grocery lists.. I have many WIP's . Life kept getting in the way of finishing many of them .. I do like these pieces of yours though.

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    1. Life does have a way doesn't it. Not everything started is worth finishing but there are many ideas and thoughts in those WIP's. Sometimes looking through them stimulates my creative juices and other times I find one worth finishing.

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  3. Like you, I have tried,have to use my fingers and toes to count the times, to use a journal/sketch book but no luck. I have pieces of paper with notes in an envelope somewhere!!! Love these swatches.

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  4. Hey if it works for you I think it's great! Love your WIPs

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  5. What program do you use on your IPad?
    I really enjoy your blog & quilts,thanks for sharing

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    1. This was just in editing in photos. Thanks

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  6. I have no patience with it either. I do love your patches..

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  7. A question if I may, are all your seams 1/4"? I'm having a lot of missed pieces (catching the backing, batting and top. Are you're joining seams wider?

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    1. LindieLee
      I am sorry you are having difficulties with that. I do use 1/4" seam allowances when joining....but probably a generous 1/4" seam. I use warm and natural as a batting....it is very flat and easy to work with.....could that be part ot the problem? I also quilt right up to the edges of the pieces to be joined....so everything pretty sturdy.

      I also really take my time with the joining process. I hope this helps.

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