Archive for August 13th, 2008

New ideas

I need new ideas right now like I need a hole in my head.  Sheesh.  Browsing through blogs today I saw a quilt that sparked an idea for one I would like to design  and make.  When am I going to do that?  Sheesh.

I spent a short amount of time last night trying to unpack some boxes in my new at-home-sewing-studio.  What a disaster area.  I did about 5 boxes, it’s going to be a VERY slow process, as I don’t really know how to arrange it all.  In the process I uncovered the blue and white Irish Chain I was working on awhile back.  I think I should probably finish piecing it before I start a new piecing project.  Of course, I should probably finish about a gazillion other projects before I start something new (in my spare time).

Speaking of finishing things, I got another stripe done on my bag, I think I’m halfway on the stripes now.  No new pictures, as it really doesn’t look any different.  I would have worked on the flowers last night, too, but managed to leave one of the needles at the shop.  Which is why I prefer circular needles, even for straight knitting:  they are always attached to each other!

I wanted to respond to a comment ath Sharon made on my previous blog post, she mentioned that she has quiletd many quilts similar to the one that I posted (and created a pattern for).  I wanted to let all of you know that while I do not own a pattern like that one, I’m 100% sure that someone else out there has put together a pattern that looks similar — it’s really just a courthouse steps variation with sashing.  I don’t ever pretend that what I am doing when I design  a piecing pattern is 100% original or unique — I don’t think very many of us can, when we are all working from the same quilt blocks and being inspired by the same existing patterns and quilts that we see online and in quilt shows.   I put that particular quilt together after being inspired by the candy fabric and wanting to use a bunch of brights.  I probably sound like I’m being defensive, and really, I’m not.  I just thought it was an important comment to respond to and hope that I’ve made some sort of sense.

I hope all of you have a great evening — I need to go curl up on my bed and get some more knitting done and do some really important Olympic watching.



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i just posted a version of this over on MQResource, and then decided to post it here, too, apologies to those of you that might see this twice.

I pieced this quilt as a shop sample, I designed the quilt (and you can download the free pattern from the shop blog).

When I quilted it, I wanted something fast and simple, like an allover loopy meander.

Now, since I started quilting, I’ve always quilted my allover loopy meander such that I always changed direction after each loop, like so:

Apologies for the terrible mouse drawing.

Well, the stripy fabric that I used in the quilt had these squiggly lines on it and I had an epiphany:

Look!  The loopies don’t always change direction!!!!  Did you know that you CAN actually quilt meandering loops that DON’T change direction after each loop?  Deep down, I’m sure I did know this, but I was so used to making myself change direction, I didn’t even think about it anymore.

So, this is how I quilted it, and you are going to have to suffer through another bad mouse drawing, because the quilting doesn’t actually show up in photographs.  It does look quite cute in person on the quilt:

I was pretty irritated with myself when I realized I was doing something “just because” someone told me that’s the way the loops had to be.  I hate that kind of thinking: “that’s the way it’s always been done” is like nails on a chalkboard to me.  Yes, I realize that this is a pretty minor sort of epiphany, but it’s got me wondering.

What other “rules” do I subconsciously follow in my quilting??  Sure, there are some that I follow because they make sense to me, or because I’ve learned from experience that that is what works the best — but what are the things that I do just because I was told to do so?

Of course, I can’t think of any others right now, but I thought I’d open the challenge up to all of you, my beloved blog readers.

What sorts of things do you do because someone said you HAD to do it that way? Maybe you could take some time to think about a different way to do them, or maybe you will discover that the way you do it really does make sense to you!

My challenge to you:  go break some rules, challenge some assumptions, and try something new.

And then come back and tell me about it.  Or post about it on your blog, but be sure to leave me a link so I can read about your rule-breaking ways.


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