Monday, January 05, 2015

When Things Come Full Circle

It's kinda fun when you make one thing and that idea becomes something completely different.  I made this quilt a few years ago.  It is called 'Square Dance.'  It is made up of long strips of fabric that is divided by a variety of trims, including zippers.  You can click on the photo to see it larger.
Using 'Square Dance' as an inspiration, I created this small quilt for my Rebel Quilting DVD.  In making the step-outs for this quilt, I made about 6-8 quilts, from beginning to end.  Each section is about 6" tall by 18" wide.  A great way to learn all about color and design.

My DVD by Quilting Arts/Interweave

Description of the DVD on the back
So, you can imagine how many sections I had from making the DVD, so I cut them all up into 5" squares, and pinned them to my design wall.

With the help of a couple of friends, texting, we concurred that the squares needed to be wonky.

Then I added some large silk circles to the mix.  I kept it up on my design wall to inspire me.  Change things around, add more black to some of the square, to create a shadow.  OR...
Have it made into fabric for 'Heart and Soul Sisters.'  Amazing.  Hoffman Fabrics took the entire quilt back to their office with them.  Luckily many of the fabrics were theirs, and the ones that weren't were substituted with my own artwork.  Some of the squares already had free motion machine quilting on them.  This is the 'rainbow' colorway.
The is the 'daisy' colorway.  I am so pleased how they both turned out!  Certainly an a-ha moment.  The original quilt is still in my studio, waiting to be finished and entered in a show.  Maybe this year!
Here is a small quilt that I made with both version of a Nine Patch. I used Hoffman's black and white stripe fabric for the in-between parts.  I call this a 'what if?' quilt.  Throw caution to the wind and create something really fun and colorful.  Some illusions with the circles.  All fused with Mistyfuse!

1 comment:

  1. I really like what you have achieved with the quilt. This inspires me to do much the same with one that I am not liking and was thinking your process could transform it.


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