2 in 1

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used ’em all

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didn’t use all of ’em

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this was the first time i started 2 quilts simultaneously with 1 pile of curated fabrics… to be freer in how to evolve the patchwork, allowing 1 block to fall into this or that quilt as they grew into themselves.

i quickly leapt to a whole other set of fabrics for the 2nd quilt (other side of the color wheel even). but the initial process left traces for the next quilt i will make… this way of beginning did help free my mind and actions… (in the beginning at least).

the game here is that i am still making quilts with specific people in mind to receive them. my love for and perception of each person influence my choices greatly.

backing wrapped to front as fold-over binding (versus piece binding) resulted in awkward short blue strips in the top and bottom edge/framing.

backing wrapped to front as fold-over binding (versus piece binding) resulted in awkward short blue strips in the top and bottom edge/framing.

1. What surprised me? What did I discover or learn?

i was aiming for a quietude for the overall composition, for the receiver of this quilt in particular. the backing and certain ways it could be folded across the foot of a bed could help it quiet down. …so, i learned i can muss up rell bad and maybe some way a thing is used can remedy the intention?

i see a dancer or running torchbearer in the movement of the triangle tips and bleeding strips… the overall composition is weak, but i like some moments in there.

2. What was satisfying about the process or outcome?

i can improv! at least for one patch… and i like how filler fabrics add spice,

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3. What was dissatisfying? If dissatisfied, what can I do differently next time to be more satisfied?

but then, as i added patches out from the initial improv block, it all became so measured and predictable.

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i love the backing more than the front. this is becoming a regular thing for me.

4. Where do I want to go from here?

…to push into further simplicity – with some minimalist geometric ideas i have… and to sustain truer improv practice further into the process…

 

……………………………………………2nd quilt……………………………………………..

1. What surprised me? What did I discover or learn?

i’m pulled in different moods about representative imagery versus purer geometric design elements. some ideas work in representation. some ideas work in non representation. no surprise. alas, i’m curious to observe better when and why my processes turn representational, when i nearly always begin intending non.

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need photography help. this is not at all what the colors look like in person! the background is a calmer sweet peridot/lime kinda less yellowed green… not chartreuse.

2. What was satisfying about the process or outcome?

the binding here is another sans piecing – fold-over of front wrapped to back – versus the opposite above. typically, i like the definition as well as fabric addition i can throw in with piece binding. here, i like the space that the absence of a strong frame offers.

 

3. What was dissatisfying? If dissatisfied, what can I do differently next time to be more satisfied?

the 3 petals habit was not at all what i meant to repeat. i have not matured as a quilter enough to have the patience for curved piecing. i appliqued this mother early in the process… not what i intended.

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then, much later and after diversions from the petals, i stumbled myself right into curves again. had to give another way of curving a go. that experience was so-so. all of the curves, every one of them, have puckers and ripples and oh-so-not-flat ness that i did not dart down flat in the final.

 

4. Where do I want to go from here?

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yup, love this backing.

i might dare to try again with 1 – 3 curved bias strips in a field of simple otherwise. the growing edge here is not to manifest one curve framing a petal shape and then scream applique. i want to cut a curve and build off from that and come to squared off edges more gradually.

also, i wanna rig a way to photo these hanging vertically, to rid of the distortion.

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didn’t expect these colors to do well together. the shapes in the prints pulled ’em right together and i love the combo.

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4 Responses to “2 in 1”

  1. robert turnbull Says:

    You are an incredible amazing human- being Elliott!! I treasure you and the quilt you made for us – hope you have a great visit in Auburn. Love you muchly Dad

  2. improving improv | embodhiment Says:

    […] this quilt is of the floating squares score in the book linked above. starting with large scale squares kept the process simple and moving along… limiting the fabrics could have helped quiet this one down. when it came time to quilt, scalloped lines seemed an obvious balance to all the corners. this one’s an example where the strong contrasting piece binding holds this floating design together (versus the spacious fold over binding used in #2 here). […]

  3. Daintytime Says:

    Actually I disagree elliot. I like the measured blocks with the improv block. You are going bi-modal. What is the relationship to flexible and fixed patterns. That’s what you are exploring and it’s a very exciting, unfamiliar edge. Keep going!

    • embodhiment Says:

      if you could only see how immediately i just started sweating, seeing a comment from you… i’m drafting a post on my visit to Gee’s Bend yesterday. i quilted with Doris Pettway for over 2 hours. i can’t even… a dream… amazing and so many tears driving away…

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