Machine quilting lots of straight lines gives one time to think. I’ve been thinking about myself and my work.
I try and I try, but I just can’t seem to machine quilt with the accuracy and evenness of traditional show quilts. Oddly enough, I can sew together hundreds of hexagons and embroidery tiny crewel work, but somehow the lovely feathers and straight lines others can do evade me.
That’s OK because I don’t like to follow patterns or plans either. I really get excited when I start off in a direction and it takes on a life of it’s own.
Although I am trained as a graphic designer, it took me a long time to make the leap from traditional and pictorial quilts to abstract. However, once I made the leap, I didn’t really know why I hadn’t earlier. Sometimes I can just be too linear. To my credit, once pushed or enticed off the straight line, I’m OK with it. And I’m not working completely abstract either, although I now know I could go there if I wanted.
I still really like traditional quilts. I spent my Christmas vacation looking at traditional patterns and making notes of ones that would make lovely bed quilts. I even went so far as to order some fresh new fabric to make one.
I also like “crafting.” Yes, it’s a bad word amongst art quilters, but then again, so is “traditional.” So here I am, with a multiple personality disorder of sorts: quilt artist, traditional quilt maker, and crafter of stuffed mushrooms and tissue covers.
That’s the kind of stuff I’ve been thinking about the last two days while I quilt the Mariner’s Star Lone Compass Beat the Blues very large quilt to be stuffing in my sewing machine.
And now for something completely different: After our quilt retreat last November, R decided that we ought to make a quilt for her friend, our hostess. She chose the “Depression Block” because it was simple, and would be appropriately scrappy for a group to make. Here’s my two blocks that I finished last Tuesday (check that off the to-do list). The rest of the group are also making blocks in spring-y colored batiks.