Sunday, September 19, 2010
I just don't seem to be able to put anything simple together just for practice. I don't know why I'm like this, but it prevents me from moving forwards some time.
So, I have been thinking of working along in some books. Doing projects designed by someone else, pick up some new ideas, and techniques. TERRIE SANDELIN has some great ideas for simple block quilts. You can do a lot with color. For instance, my quilt Grace that is in the lower side bar, is just one block. No, it wasn't easy. I had more than one "What was I thinking" moment while making this quilt. Each block was an individual endless chain block.
SALLY COLLINS is a quilter that I admire so much. I have never had a class with her. But, I did get to attend one of her lectures and see all of her quilts. I was at a show last summer and caught up with her at the end of one of her classes. I wanted to ask her about her new drafting book. She had an advance copy and let me look at it. I bought it when it came out a month later. Of all of the people out there now that make miniature quilts, I love hers the most. Maybe it is because, although she does make miniature quilts, she also makes larger quilts with small scale blocks. And I really like that. She has several books with projects that teach. I may just work my way through one of her books.
MARY KAY MOUTON is I think somewhat new on the quilting scene. I first came to know who she was when I saw her quilt hanging at a show. I believe it is named the same as her book, Flip Flop Paper Piecing.
Although my grandmother taught me the basic quilting skills when I was a little girl, it consisted of cardboard templates and hand piecing. Quilting has advanced by leaps and bounds since then. The only way to keep up is to learn from others. I have taught myself just about everything I know from reading books. Occasionally, I will fine tune my skills by taking a class with the author of my favorite books.
I will try not to be gone so long this time. I need to pick a book and get to work. You are welcome to watch.