Posted on January 11, 2017 by Beth Markel
Greetings! Happy New Year! Happy Snow! Happy Surfing…depending on where you are in the world!
I have taken a short hiatus as I was both travelling and in-studio, alternately, trying to finish 2 large projects I’ve been working on. My goal for 2016 was 6 large projects, and by large I generally mean 65” or larger by 75”+ or close to it. I mostly met my goal…the last large quilt is below, Misdirection, which is still a work in progress.
First is the 75” square quilt for the June wedding. You’ll see the postage size squares, yes, they really are 1” square finished, up to the 16” x 16” large blocks of color, as I was trying to move it in a “Modern Traditional” way. What I’ve learned in talking to young sewers, makers, and quilters, is that while they do like the idea of quilting and making quilts, they don’t want to be locked into “patterns” like most of learned on…9-patch or 16-patch in this case, becomes just part of a larger design, and the modern, circular quilting makes it current.
Rather than go on about technique, size, or difficulty, I’ll just show you what I’ve been up to. This is the same “block” a 3-piece, free-handed cut, then squared up, in exploration of size. So, literally, there are 3-piece blocks that are ¾” finished, up to the relatively large 3-piece blocks that are 8” finished size. I loved exploring the size difference, and I really do love the result.
Esuchame: The Communication Paradox, #7, CHATTER
This is also a very simple strip-pieced, which I had stuck in a bin, just as large pieces of strips sewn together. I wanted order, so cut them in 4” blocks (3.5” finished) and alternated directions. I like where this is headed.
Escuchame: The Communication Paradox, #8 Misdirection
So, onward and upward! I’ll check in each Friday and you can see what’s on my design wall #1, and I’ll let you know what else is going on. What’s on YOUR design wall?
I hope each of you has a wonderful, healthy, productive, and positive year!