Sunday, September 21, 2014

Quilting Thoughts

In my last post I mentioned how I bought some new quilting books. One of the is "Quilting Modern", by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederesen. Prior to this, I never paid much attention to the modern quilting movement. I was a little interested, but really thought I was only interested in the historical quality oh quilts and quilt patterns. After reading just a few pages in this book, I fund myself more and more interested in learning about modern quilting.

Now, don't get me wrong, I still love old, traditional quilt patterns, but I there is something about the large print, colors, geometric shapes, in modern quilting that I absolutely love. I have started to realize that I need to use more black and grey in my quilts. I want to use more color. And, after reading the beginning of this book, I want to be more of a designer than just following traditional quilt patterns.

I am hoping that this book may help me to see myself as more of an artist and less as a home crafter. There is absolutely nothing  wrong with being a crafter, but I want to see myself as an artist too. I'm looking forward to reading more and actually making some modern quilts.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Latest Project

I took my kids to Barnes and Noble a couple of weeks ago. I decided to take a look at the quilting section and bought myself a few new books. One of them was,  "Creative Quilts from Your Crayon Box". I had a blast learning how to use crayons on fabric. The first 3 pictures show a couple of the tutorials that you are supossed to do to learn the techniques.  I then decided to move ahead and make an actual picture quilt. This was so much fun and while I admit to tracing the shapes, all the coloring and shading was all me.  I felt pretty accomplished at the end and can't wait to do more.