Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Slow Quilting

Some of you may know "slow quilting" as a key word used by Rayna Gillman in her book, create your own free-form quilts.  Last spring I made a lot of strip units (strip therapy) and I've been slow quilting with them for the past two to three weeks.

This is a new process for me and it does require patience.  I would move a piece, or remove it, and then leave the result hanging on the wall for a while.  Every now and then I'd move, add, or subtract, slash, and always ask "what if?"  I even contacted Rayna and she gave me pointers and encouragement.  I found it hard to create when I didn't know what I was creating.  I am so used to working with a theme in mind.  In the end, I decided I was just trying to find a harmonious arrangement for the strips, shapes and colors I had chosen to use.  One of the rewards was using "ugly" fabrics and actually liking them!

Here is how the composition came together...

Strike 1

Strike 2

Ta- Da!

I will be doing some more strip therapy and making more of these compositions.  Another way to play!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sandy Relief Quilt

This quilt is now bound and on its way to help with the Sandy Relief efforts.  I backed it with flannel.  It will keep someone warm.

I sent it to   the organization that Victoria works with
                                                                 Acacia Network
Attn: Pete Gonzalez
311 East 175th Street
Bronx, NY 10457
Note:  the deadline for the quilt drive is Dec 7th.