Thursday, October 22, 2009
I signed on to make a waverunner quilt with some other bloggers who visit V at bumblebean quilting. It is a very freeform approach to piecing. I love the look of it and am slowly coming around to enjoy the process.
This has sort of been like a quilting exorcism....as I just cut through the fabric without using a ruler I can almost hear my older sister who taught me to sew take in a deep quick breath...as I run the fabric through the sewing machine and see the varied width of my seams I can feel Mrs. Lynch my girl scout leader's hand on my shoulder...and when I wipe the steamy hair off of my forehead and check to see if the now damp pieced block is finally laying flat on my ironing board I can almost see my first quilting teacher with her lips pressed together asking me if I used steam when I pressed my slightly wonky block. Well, after 5 or 6 blocks these quilting ghosts are all gone. My strips are getting wonkier and more wave-runnerey. I took V's advise and just slashed the block I didn't like into a couple of strips and am using it elsewhere. (You can see it in the right hand side block below) Orininally I use the Jones painting at the top of this post as my color inspiration but now I have tossed the original yellow and went for one that is more brown/gold and pulled a few more very, very light fabrics and one very, very dark red.
(I'm sure the ghosts are still there and just hiding in the applique drawer....where they are very much needed!)