It is no secret that I have always been attracted to collage. And it is also not a secret that I give my sewing machine a workout on a regular basis. I may not have mentioned previously that making quilts was a thing that my mother has done ever since I can remember, and we were often involved in the activity.
She made quilts for all of us when we moved to Colorado, a necessity due to the aged and infirm house we lived in. Mine was a “Rob Peter to Pay Paul” and I helped her piece it. My older sister’s was a Lone Star quilt, and at present that quilt resides here now for some arcane reason which I do not remember.
My regular readers will also recall that I recently made a quilt for our bedroom, which turned out even more beautiful than I had imagined it would be. That really got me going, actually. I’m in the process of thinking about a baby quilt for our new grandchild, who is now big enough to have been sonogrammed. (Is that a word?) I’m also thinking about a quilt for its parents as well. At Christmas time I made a few sets of place mats and napkins using the bargello technique. If I say so myself, they turned out very nicely.
I recently made an impulse purchase of a book on a quilt piecing technique called “Stack and Whack.” I was moved to do this because of the amazing example of it hanging on the wall of the fabric store I frequent. So last night I tried it out. The book has a few deficiencies, the instructions are unclear and often leave out critical measuring steps. But after wasting a couple of stacks of pieces, I made two quilt blocks using this technique. I am enthralled.
Here’s the real kicker. Both of those squares were created from the same fabric source. Yes, I did use different background fabric for both of them, but the diamonds came from this fabric:
I honestly find it amazing that two such different squares arose from the same fabric source.
I really love this. It is really just another form of collage using fabric rather than paper.