I enjoy making traditional quilts, using patterns and precision piecing to create large bed quilts. I also enjoy piecing contemporary and improvised art quilts. I enjoy the entire process. This improvisational style of piecing is the beginning of originality and creativity and allows for working spontaneously, intuitively and painterly. The use of strips and scraps will add interest to make your personal statement and tell your story. I am using the Quilt-As-You-Go-method-of-making, because of the many design possibilities, as well as, the obvious, to quilt as you sew/go. This is not to say that I cannot or will not add more quilting to each segment before joining the blocks together.
There are several ways to construct the segments/blocks together for each quilt.
The Quilt-As-You-Go method is using the batting and backing as foundation, and piecing or appliqueing through all of the layers at once. The blocks/segments are then joined together after they are quilted. The stitch is a design element within the textile composition.
My planning includes a list of parameters/guidelines, that hopefully will keep me focused and on point as I compose my quilt. To make a 36"x 36" quilt I will need:
*40" square of batting and backing
*Solid fabrics, strips, scraps
* Basic Sewing Supplies
This method is stitched in one piece. It is a one block construction.
Stitch through all layers using quarter inch seam allowance. Flip open fabric strips and press. Next, add third strip of fabric, right sides facing, align with edges of the two strips and sew. Open and press. Continue to add strips, flip, and press.
I am looking forward to spinning some yarn. I am in the mood to make something beautiful with this wool. Preferably whilst sitting on the porch, weather permitting.
Here is the new batch of prepared to spin roving. I am looking for other materials to add to this gorgeous Merino and Tussah Silk Roving, as I spin a new skein of some artsy yarn.
These batts can fit onto a dinner plate, so each batt gives a pretty nice size skein. Pretty pricey though, when you consider you can purchase a skein of yarn already spun and prepared to be knit. So let's see where this venture takes me and how lucrative it is.