Monday, April 1, 2013

A Little Mindless Creating...

It's not as though I didn't have enough projects underway. And it's not as if I don't have enough quilt books already. But after paging through, and then giving Bethan Ash's "Vibrant Quilt Collage" as a Christmas gift, I knew I needed to order a copy as a gift for myself! What I like about the book is that it's loaded with page after page of inspiring and innovative collage quilts. Plus it has instructions for fusing, free-cutting, and layering fabric shapes to create spontaneous quilt compositions. And lastly, directions to add stitching for a final layer of texture and embellishment. This piece resulted from "Exercise 1: Using Simple Shapes." Yup- they're simple all right. And they made for a fun afternoon of flexing the creative muscles. Rummaging through my thread collection to see what I might like to use was enjoyable.  The stitching is just soothing. There's just something about the hum of a sewing machine that puts me in "the zone." So I look forward to trying more of the exercises in this book. What to do with the small pieces I finish? I think they'll make useful small bags like the Snap Bags quilting friend Robbie makes. She even sent a link for an instructional video, so when I'm ready to use them, they'll have a home.  



5 comments:

Susan said...

Like it all! Just had fun finding a snap bag tutorial online. I may just have to make some of these.

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

Oh, I don't know why, and please don't be insulted by this, but I just wanted to grab the quilt, get in my volkswagon van and toddle off to Woodstock, and what the heck, after that - a little hitch hiking trip through Europe with my 'blankie'. So comforting. I could go on, however I'm afraid of the repercussions. Needless to say, I love it - 'simply' wonderful. xoDonna

Susan said...

Great quilt, Nancy! It looks like it would be fun to make!! I love all the colors!

Robbie said...

love Donna's comment...but I'm such a 'youngin' I don't know what Woodstock is...OK...I do!!! Looks like you had a fun afternoon!!! It almost reminds me of the modern quilt revolution ongoing right now...just replace the black w/white! Nice work, Nancy!

Nancy said...

This is just too cute...It would be great to wrap up in or hang on a wall.....Nancy, you amaze me with all your ideas....