The Life and Projects of An Avid Hobbyist

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Liberation

I am a huge fan of Gwen Marston and her style of quilt making. Not because I've read any of her books, but rather as a fan of her many converts seen here, and here and here. I get tremendous inspiration from these women.

So last night, after sketching out ideas for weeks, I began a quilt top for my friend Tim in Atlanta. Tim and I have been friends since college, after seeing the quilts on my blog, he made a (not so) subtle request for a lap quilt of his own. My intention is to create a 72" x 60" wonder for use while watching television (he is a big guy). Since it will live in the living room (which is shades of beige) when not in use, I am using very neutral tones.

This is what I have so far.


This process has shown me how, even though I think of myself as a rebel, my sewing/quilting is reliant on patterns and someone else's directions. When faced with the opportunity to chart my own course, I floundered a bit. I must find my seam ripper. Between this "square" and the obnoxious Olympic commentators on NBC, I went to bed early last night. Sigh.

I am now off to the public library to borrow a copy of Liberated String Quilts. Hopefully, it will help. Live and learn. ~ksp

10 comments:

Victoria said...

Nice quilt!

I'll keep my other comment to myself...

Kim said...

Tim is one lucky dude. I like the pops of color in the quilt. It iwll liven up a neutral space. Evena rebel has some rules, you just need to figure out which ones you need and which ones you can break.

Donna Lee said...

Your color choice and overall design look good. Straight seams are vastly overrated.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

It does help to have something to rebel against. ;-) An inspiration piece to guide you is always helpful. That book of Gwen's is amazing, see if you can't get her others as well. you've got a great start on your quilt - love the colors. good luck and thanks for the compliment.

Ashaki said...

So, does this mean that I don't have to give birth to get a quilt? I can simply ask and I shall receive? Hmmm

I like Maize and Blue.


:)

Ashaki said...

Hey, when you finish this masterpiece I may know someone that can "show" it for you here in DC.

Vinay said...

I think I'd like one too!!! This one looks very promising. And I am smaller than Tim too, so it should take less time....

paula, the quilter said...

You will like Gwen's book(s). And the quilt is looking good. I'm in a quilting hiatus right now and just using up some fashion fabrics by making clothes for Auntie. I don't want to replenish the fashion fabric with more fashion fabric, but maybe if I use 9 yards of it I can replace it with 9 yards of quilting fabric?

craftivore said...

Wow, I love love love your start on that quilt. Just trust yourself,let the quilt lead you, and it will be more wonderful and beautiful than you could have possibly charted out at the beginning.

Kyra said...

Looking forward to seeing this quilt - the image reminds me of a ladder so far. Like the color combinations!

Best, Kyra
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