My latest improv/wonky/freeform quilt top. Inspiration from Sherry Lynn Wood’s book Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. Most of my blocks are basically drunkard’s path blocks.
I love it. (And I only feel slightly uneasy about being proud of my own work.)
I felt like I was painting with fabric while working on it.
The reason for the name will remain a secret for now to protect the not-so-innocent.
I started with my palette of Japanese taupe fabrics. I still haven’t tired of this color palette. I added the circle/dot fabrics from The Circle Games quilt. Then I added the aqua. I tried red and rejected it. Then changed my mind and added it back in. I added those ladder sections then took them out, then put them back in again. I added black. I added appliqué circles. I added a darker blue batik.
For days I went back and forth between options. I totally took it down off the design mattress at one point. It was exhausting me. Yet I couldn’t wait to get back to it each morning. It was invigorating working on it.
Then I de-puckered it. Working without rulers does not make for straight blocks.
Then I pondered how to finish it. Machine quilt it in big wonky spiral circles? Red thread? Hand quilt it in long wavy lines across the quilt to resemble water flowing under a bridge? How about a form of crazy quilting? Or Kantha/Boro-type quilting? Slow, meditative stitching? Decisions, decisions.
Back on the design wall to think about it while I finish other projects.
Decision made. For 20+ years I’ve wanted to do a crazy stitched quilt. The time is now. Not the traditional Victorian-type embroidery stitches but a more modern, meditative type of stitches. On the order of what my friend Debby of Debby Quilts does but maybe different. Then again…..is there really anything different out there? Perhaps a better word is personal meditative stitching. I’m just going to stitch what I want to without a plan. When I pick up Under the Bridge to work on it, I will simply ask myself “what do you want to stitch?”. And then I’ll stitch it.
I’m going to use Finca Presencia thread – I love this thread. Mostly size 12 – some size 8. I already have about 15-20 colors that will work. I think I need a couple aqua threads though – and maybe another red or two.
I pin basted it to a piece of Quilter’s Lite as a stabiliser this morning. I’ll probably use an embroidery hoop as I think I do better work with a hoop.
I’m looking forward to starting.