I hope I didn't upset anyone working from a kit or duplicating a quilt exactly like the original. There is NOTHING wrong with doing it. I remember a speaker at a guild who said that if you are working from a kit, you're NOT a quilter. Or was that a panel that she referred to? YIKES!!!! Anyway, both are harsh. Kits are VERY economical to use, easy for shopping, and if that works for you, then go for it.
I'm trying to say there's so much opportunity to step out of the box and make that pattern UNIQUELY yours. Trust me, this is NOT an easy process for most of us. You'll second guess yourself and your colors, and you'll hate the quilt, but you'll eventually come around to loving it.
We need to start small and with a quilt that you don't really care about. Pick your colors, experiment with monochromatic colorways, and all the other possibilities. It took me a LONG time to start experimenting, and I wish someone had kicked me in the butt sooner and told me to venture out on my own. That's why I'm suggesting it to you!
Basically, do NOT be afraid to make any designer's quilt -- YOURS by switching up the blocks and the colors. Then you can say you were INSPIRED by that person's quilt but didn't end up with an exact duplicate. I still make some quilts similar to the original and probably will until I stop quilting.
Almost ready for Part 2 of the Free Motion quilting class today. A couple more photos to take, and I'm set. There's so MUCH information that it's hard to cram it all into two two-hour sessions. I'll do the best I can.
Today, I'm going to share more of what I found in the closet. Here's a project that I had forgotten. Years ago, a small group of us had the challenge to create something from a piece of clothing found at the thrift store. I didn't think the project was done, so I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled it out and saw that the quilt top was DONE.
|Wall hanging made from a garment|
|The leftovers from the garment|
|A book on Mixed Media!|
|A label from a local guild|
|Inspiration at the thrift store|
|Sorting batik scraps|
|Stuff at the bottom of the stairs -- it's now clear!|
|A bundle of unsorted fabrics|
|Pressing the scraps|
|Nice and neat bundle of fabric|
|What's left from the closet|