|Opposites Attract - 31 inches square|
My other entry to QuiltCon 2016 was "Have No Fear". I originally made this piece for another contest...but I'd missed the deadline (very much out of character for me...). I really loved the end result so I felt good about having another chance to enter it. The premise for this one was ...have no fear. Don't be afraid to make a mistake. You'll learn so much more by doing and trying than you would laboring over strict perfection.
When I first started quilting- I was only making intricate 12.5 inch blocks. I was caught up over making sure every point matched and every quarter inch sew line was accurate. A wise teacher, Charlotte Angotti, said to me once, "do you want to make one quilt a year....or 12 quilts a year?" That was the light bulb moment for me. I wanted to make as many as I could but at the rate I was going.... I'd be lucky to make one quilt a year. Boom. Off to the races I went and I've never regretted it. So what if all my points don't match perfectly EVERY time. I found the more I made - the better I got. So when I designed this quilt, I found the quote by Salvador Dali.... "Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it" was the perfect sentiment (and as a stater of the obvious....I made one of the blocks wrong on purpose).
|Have No Fear - 57 inches square|
I printed the quote out (from Word) on paper and used a light box to trace the letters on the fabric. Then I free motion machined over the tracing to make the lettering on the quilt. It was a good way to get accurate lettering. I'll definitely use this technique again.
Down to my last quilt deadline for the year... The Death Star is under the needle right now. I took a break to relax my neck a bit. I don't usually get tense while quilting but it's been a busy week with Thanksgiving, putting up Christmas decor, and having the family around. Good hectic - but I'm a little tired. So this quick break was good for my creativity. I've got a LOT of quilting to go...
Have you tried any new quilting techniques lately?
I'm Linking up with CrazyMom Quilts (oops - missed it this week) , Confessions of a Fabric Addict , Creative Goodness Linkup, and A Quilted Passion Check out their great blogs - LOTS of great quilty things to look at....