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Simplicity & Complexity in Quilting

For quite some time now I’ve wanted to design a star wall hanging to teach in my piecing classes.

I wanted it to be in red & white, so it could be for Christmas, yet year round at the same time.
I wanted it to have a classic & timeless look.
I wanted it to be simple, yet striking at the same time.
I wanted it to be a design a beginner could successfully piece, yet at the same time be satisfying for an experienced piecer.
I wanted to play with the quilting & really showcase how quilting can “make” a quilt.

I do have to admit though that when I finished piecing the top, I nearly choked at how plain it was & I was afraid I really made a mess of things.

I’d always wanted to play with Lisa Sipes’ triple stitch & decided that would be perfect in the white- just enough to create texture & add to the star effect.  It did take hours upon hours of work.  But I just listened to hours of the Bowery Boys & time passed without notice. (Well, without much notice!)

In the red spaces I wanted feathers.  Over the top beautiful, formal feathers that dripped in elegance.  So I practiced & practiced & practiced my heart out, until I held my breath & just went for it.

But when I took it off the frame, I nearly choked again- but this time it was in amazement as to how beautiful it turned out!

After I caught my breath I ran upstairs to show my husband- I was so happy with how it looked!

I wish I had grabbed a picture of the corners, I did a very fun swirl there!  But it’s now hanging up at A Quilting Place to advertise for the Fall classes, so I’ll grab a photo later.

In all, this came out better than I ever imagined!  Exactly what I wanted & more.

And in the end- isn’t this why we make things?  So we can bring a vision to life, only to have it exceed our expectations.  To remind ourselves to keep pushing & keep challenging ourselves to grow.  To remind ourselves how complexity & simplicity live together.

Upcoming Classes

I just updated the Classes page with the July schedule!

Check out the details on these great projects!

Baby Blocks.  This is a Marci Baker pattern & much easier than it looks- it’s all strip pieced!

Mr. Crab (mini quilt).  Isn’t he adorable?

Quilted Grommet Bag.  This came together so fast & I made the whole thing from scraps!

I hope you join us for these great upcoming classes!

Defining the Negative Space

Ta da!
Here it is!

This is my longarm guild challenge piece!

This is actually a part of a special exhibit at MQS this year.  Everyone has the same fabric & made the same pattern, but we all quilted it in our own style.

My style is very geometric & this is a great example of that.

I also like to play in the negative space.  I want to add depth & dimension to those areas & see how they can transform into new spaces, taking your eyes along new paths in a quilt.

I hope to have more pics of my fellow guild members’ pieces when MQS rolls around.  I love to see how different quilters interpret the same piece.  I have had a sneak peak at a friend’s piece & wow!  did she she do a great job!  I can’t wait to share those pics!