Saturday, October 2, 2010
A Path to Imperfection
This was actually a really great creative experiment for me. It was harder than I thought, and I learned some things along the way. I'm not sure I will be doing quilts like this regularly, but it was really great to change things up and allow myself to make a quilt that lacks perfection. I never used pins or my rotary cutter. I did mark cut lines so my curves would match up (at least somewhat). I learned that fabric can stretch-- a lot. I basically soaked a lot of these pieces with water and pretty much cooked them with my iron.
Here is an example of adding a new row to the quilt. I trimmed up the bottom edge of the quilt then laid it over the next row. I marked it and cut 1/4 inch from my mark so my seams would pretty much line up. If I were more patient, I would have pinned it like crazy, but I'm not really patient so I just sewed. Then I pressed it flat.
After sewing all my segments together, I quilted it. After quilting, I squared everything up and did a simple brown binding.
I quilted each segment differently to create more of the image I was going for. Initially I had no plan for this quilt, but it quickly became obvious to me that the yellow was the sun and the blue was the sky. I added a hilly forest, brown path and dark blue river as the creation process continued. I quilted the yellow in straight lines from the center as rays from the sun. The sky is quilted in a loopy pattern showing the movement of the air. The forest is quilted in a zig-zag shape mimicking the triangle shape of a pine tree. The path is quilted in pebble quilting as rocks and the river in a squiggle showing waves.
Overall, this was a great challenge to myself. I was inspired by the Mod-Mood quilt-along from daintytime and used her piecing technique. The quilt is machine pieced and quilted.