Sunday, April 24, 2011

'Grapevines' a Cinquain

Curly tendrils.

Stems. Leaves. Blooms.

Forming clusters of succulent


In honor of National Poetry month. I came up with this little cinquain after my walk the other day. A cinquain is a 5-line poem and I used the word-structure of 1,2,3,4,1 . I think this would make a fun little quilt, hmmmmm.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Intensity of Life


Requests, information, questions all coming at the speed of light, all day

Life flying along, creating whirlwinds in your head.

Must remember to breathe.

It feels good to breathe.

Choose the end of the day

Because if you don’t it won’t stop

Break up the intensity

Walk. Look at pretty flowers. Feel cooler air.

Listen as the birds talk and laugh with one another.

Snap shots of the poses the roses take, dressed in their radiant costumes.

Enjoyable treats for your senses and your right brain. Ahhhhhh.

Back to the tugs and pulls of life. And so it goes.

RH 4/18

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Inspired Today - Lasagne Style Quilt

Kay Sorenson is one of the many art quilters on the Quilt Art list who recently shared her need for a ‘mindless’ sewing project that we all sometimes need. The kind where not a lot of thinking is involved, just the joy of sewing that also yeilds a result.

I had never seen this technique before but it looks easy and fun and Kay’s quilt has the most beautiful batik fabrics in glorious colors.

I have seen this referred to as ‘Lasagne’ style quilt. Apparently, as you can see in this video

 from the Heirloom Creations blog they held a race using a jelly-roll to make a quilt. They provide the instructions on their blog and have photos of some of the quilts made during the 'race'.
FYI – a jelly-roll is a collection of about 40 fabric strips that are pre-cut to 2.5” by 44”. They come in assorted colors. A search of the term jelly roll fabrics will give you a lot to look at.

Here’s a blog post from CakesbyKristin blog about this style of creating a quilt that has great ‘up-close’ photos.

A lot of ideas came to mind while looking at this quilt:

• Baby quilts (you probably would just need to shorten the original strips; you could put cool little motifs in between each strip or group them in colors pink, blues, pastels, brights)

• African fabrics (w/ maybe a unifying little block of color, like red, in between each strip)

• Great quilt for free motion practice because no one would be able to see any of the mistakes made.

• Great for playing with colorways, can’t you just see one in greys and blacks or purples or blues or black & white fabrics or reds, or red & white fabrics . . .

• Great way to create a bunch of quilts to donate – you don’t have to spend a lot of time thinking about color and placement, just enjoy the sewing

• Probably the most time consuming part, aside from cutting your own strips, would be stitching them end to end. I know that I am the type who would not sew them on the diagonal but just straight end-to-end, like I do my binding strips

• Leftover Christmas or other holiday fabrics

• Leftover hand-dyed fabrics, or not leftover

• Shiboried fabrics

• Fabrics you’ve created using various surface design techniques and don’t know what to do with

What comes to mind for you?


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