Welcome Sofie's to the journey of quilting! This is her first quilt! Her husband came in before Christmas and signed her up for a beginners class as a gift for Christmas that keeps on giving (did he know what he was in for, I have to ask???). Sofie has bravely stepped into a world where she has never known before...and little does she know, there is no way back...back to the life before quilts. The life where she could walk by fabric or a patchwork shop and not have a closer look, a life where she wasn't always thinking of the NEXT thing to make or where to store the stuff.
Welcome Sofie and all the new quilters to a world where we pet, fold and caress fabrics. We stack them in colors, we make a mess with them and we dream, imagine and get carried away with them. Yesterday in "Thinking Outside the Square" we began a journey of a the next step. We examined the different shapes possible after we have studied the square.
We started with the 60 degree triangle angled our way through winding paths of uses of the triangle, the half triangle, the diamond and the half diamond. Then we got cutting and played with the design wall until we found a pattern we liked. Into another new world, one with out a strict plan but one filled with wonder!!
Gillian brought this unfinished block in and we made a plan to use it as a central block and from here, who knows where we'll go but it will be star-tacular! Next lesson, borders and sashings with impact and interest.
Shapes are great but we'd be nowhere if we didn't also talk about fabrics and how to use them and to share a bit of the exploration as part of the process. Auditioning fabrics is always fun.
This zig zag quilt is by Robyn in another design class. Here we studied using contrast with this exciting result.
More fun stuff to come but I am off to the AQC this weekend to do a bit of exploring of someone else's ideas this weekend. Can't wait to sit back and listen, learn and experiment! Enjoy! kathy