I began quilting, quite by accident, four years ago. I had just had my third child and was looking for a creative outlet. Then, on a trip to the bookstore with my kids I stumbled onto these three
books, each chalk full of examples, instructions and inspiration. The next day I ordered hand dyed fabric and began cutting and sewing and cutting and sewing some more. Soon I found two great blogs with instructions on dying fabric and randomly piecing 'art quilts' - or quilts not meant to be used on the bed.
Within months I started dying my own fabric and it was at this point that I decided that I, too, was making 'art quilts.' To assure that these were indeed 'art quilts' I attached hanging sleeves to their backs and declared them too precious to be used by my family. Trouble was, that while I enjoyed the process of making these, I did not really love the results. The colors were not as bright and happy as I would have liked, the designs too busy, their size too small for practical use.
Then I followed a link to this super blog and everything changed. I read Kathy's blog and followed her 'places i visit' to find numerous moms like myself who sewed, knitted and created at home while raising families. I saw beautiful quilts using commercial fabrics and knew that it was time to switch gears - I did and I never looked back.
Until now. I would like to share just a few of the art quilts that I made over a 2 year period - I no longer really like them but they served their purpose in bringing me to where I am today.
This is the first one made..
this is the last one I completed, binding and all...
and I never got around to putting the binding on these two because I wasn't happy with them - the super dense quilting (every 1/4 inch or so) took forever.
Tomorrow, back to the present with fun stuff I am working on.