Learning to quilt again


 I have finally gotten to the point where I am using the cloth I have been printing all year long. I am very excited about this for several reasons. The most surprising of which is, I forgot how very much I like piecing and quilting. For years I have been ‘art quilting’, using thickened dye to create one of a kind wall art in a figurative style, as I wrote about in Inspired to Quilt . Over the years, I stopped making surface designed cloth for the fun of it, while looking at my storage bins and wondering for what or why I should keep them. Now, I look at those bins and I see potential. I want to tear through these bins and make throw quilts. I want a stack of throws, folded, stacked, pretty and ready for use! 

The photos you see here are the back of a quilt. I like two sided quilts and I think the backs should be as fun as the fronts, although I think backs should also be quick and easy.MellyQuiltsBernina

Because I have been focusing on multicolor printing this year, I have a criteria for what I would like to accomplish while piecing and quilting my cloth. I want the cloth and my designs to really show themselves off, it takes commitment and time to print cloth and I want my quilts to really show my cloth off to its best advantage. I am exploring different quilt blocks and settings to do this. Right now I think it is a good idea for me to work with bigger blocks of a simple nature, like 6″ half square triangles, 1000 Pyramids. I bet as I cut, piece and quilt the throws I am working on now that I will begin to see my way through the quilt block forrest a little better.

I am oh-so-happy to say, today I am heading over to Victoria Findlay-Wolfe‘s house for a day long class in 15 Minutes of Play . This book has been following me around for weeks, if not months. Victoria uses a technique she calls Made-Cloth, where she sews cloth together improvisationally, and figures out how to use it later. For my part, this is useful in that, because I have printed all of my own cloth, I want to use every last bit of it. Many of my multicolor printed cloth pieces are quite small, so I have been making Made-Cloth with it, but I am sticking with the same prints and colors, rather than using many prints in one Made-Cloth piece. Brilliant.

I will post and let you know about what I have learned in Victoria’s class. I look forward to meeting quilters, I can’t wait to see the synapse connections I make. I love learning.IMG_2583I uploaded this image because I like the hash marks. I also really like graffiti and poster art, so there! Enjoy.


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  1. http://Jody says

    Sounds like fun! Have a great time and I will be eagerly anticipating your photos of your results!

  2. Have a great day! I know you are going to have a fantastic time piecing together and creating. Your printed fabrics are going to look even better all pieced into beautifulness. Can’t wait to see what you end up doing!

  3. I look forward to seeing and hearing about your class and seeing your quilts. The fabrics are all so beautiful!

  4. This has inspired me to start a throw quilt with the fabric I have in my stash along with my dmc floss,etc.I’m looking forward to working on this. Thank you for all the motivation you share on facebook

  5. http://Jeannie says

    I hope you had a fabulous time today with Victoria and other like minded people. I always come home jazzed after being with those who create. Love the graffiti! (I always want to put two “t”s in graffiti.) I recently read an article online about using hash marks and stippling and I loved it. Have fun stitching!!!

  6. http://Christine says

    It was so awesome to see you quilt this past Saturday at the NYMODERN quilt meeting! It is an amazing quilt with all the hand printed beautiful fabrics!