My creative endeavours took place in my home. I so badly needed to express myself. Quilts covered beds, draped over the arms of chairs, hung on walls, marked place settings on tables and even complimented the wardrobe. I began traditionally and eventually learned that I am not traditional. But I didn't understand that creative expression needs time to evolve and be perfected. I wanted instant results. Today, this ol' biddy, has begun to learn to enjoy the process and then the project will reflect that joy.
A dear friend introduced me to quilting with the scissor and template method. This actually shows how badly I wanted to do this as I have rather a short attention span. I over estimated the number of pieces and made rail fences for the crib, the 2 bunks, a queen for my sister, various pillows, etc. until I finally gave away the rest. My math is terrible, The actual sewing was reasonably accurate but the quilts were a stretchy assortment of poly cottons and cotton. Utility would be the way I'd describe them.
The Irish Chain introduced me to the modern tools of rotary cutters, rulers and mats. This was better.
Our quilt group, Country Roads Quilters, was small and we tackled all kinds of things, some good, some not so good but we learned lots because for the most part we had no idea what we were getting into. lol For this wall hanging we designed house blocks to represent our home and then made them in the colours each of us chose to work in. This was my neutral period!
I began to identify what I liked.
I prefer quilts without the traditional borders around them. I wish I'd not lined up with my fellow quilters to buy yards and yards of lovely florals. It was wonderfully freeing to donate a huge amount of it to charity recently. I just kept the more whimsical and stylized designs. Backings, you know!
I had a country period.
Even a crazy period!
A Thirties period
A 'let's get them married' period.
A 'what if I did what I want' period.
Also a 'go with the flow' period.
I've made all sizes of quilts.
When I began learning about quilts I thought their history was fascinating and I wanted to make examples of every kind. I quickly realized that full size was impractical so I embraced miniature. I then realized there was not enough time in my time line! lol
Then I thought I'd make a quilt to give away and keep one for myself but on a smaller scale. When our first son married I made a queen size from a wall hanging picture. Then I made the wall hanging for myself.
I became part of a collaboration with some gals out west. They sent me their leftovers and I had such a good time making this. It is called Turn Right at the Leftovers. It made me begin to think about art quilts.
If its art, where do you put it?
Now The Needle and Thread Network is a site for Canadian Blogs to link up and show their stuff. There are regular WIP Wednesday posts and bi weekly Featured Friday Artists. It is a pretty big thrill to be featured this week. If you'd like a quick history of where I came from, where I am, and where I'm going please check here or by clicking directly on the Canadian flag feature button. I quite enjoy seeing various parts of Canada and what my fellow Canadian artists are making. I hope you'll enjoy it as well. Thanks for visiting!