Identity crisis: traditional? liberated? modern?

Around 2008 I began taking quilting classes. I wanted to learn all the techniques — paper piecing, applique, Y-seams and so on. My first class was machine applique and the quilt pattern was Thirties Treasure using Thirties fabric:

Thirties Treasure 1

I then took a class beginning in October 2009 using the book, Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler, by Jennifer Chiaverini, where I learned a different technique each month over a nine-month period:

Bridal Sampler1

I followed that up with the Christmas Greetings Sampler by the same author:

Elm Creek Christmas Greetings1

I also took a class in 2011 where we made the quilt Vintage Moments. I’m still hand quilting it:


I consider these quilts “traditional.”

I’ve made a few baby quilts. I have a photo of only one of them. I designed this one:


Last year I wanted to use my “scraps” from these quilts and found the quilt book, Sunday Morning Quilts. One of the authors has a wonderful blog: My first project was fabulous:


Without these other quilts, I could not have made this quilt.

I recently joined a group at Blue Crab Quilt Co. The group initially used the book, Liberated Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston. I took fabrics left over from Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler and made these liberated blocks:


I’m not sure what I’m going to do with these, but it was nice experimenting with liberated quilting.

While looking for a pattern for a gift for my sister, I saw this quilt pattern called Aerial by Carolyn Friedlander. This is a modern quilt. I’m about half way through making the “plots”:


By the way, on the right in the photo are a few of the Quilted Storage Boxes I made using directions from Sunday Morning Quilts:


These boxes have been essential in organizing all those “scraps.” They make it more likely that I will continue to make more liberated and/or modern quilts.

I did make that gift for my sister:


I can’t escape the fact that this turtle is very traditional and I liked it so much I made one for myself:


I’m trying to decide which of these design styles I like and how can I incorporate them into my life. I wonder if there’s a market for a modern liberated traditionalist quilt pattern and what would that pattern look like?

5 thoughts on “Identity crisis: traditional? liberated? modern?

  1. wombatquilts says:

    Wow that is quite a collection of fabulous projects. I love your modern work, and would love to see what a quilt sampler you did using a combination of the traditional blocks you have learnt and the modern fabric/techniques you are embracing. That would be something.


  2. Cathi says:

    That’s the great part of quilts — you don’t have to pigeonhole yourself as making just one type. The skills you learn for one type easily are adaptable to another 🙂
    All your creations are wonderful but I am absolutely in love with your turtles! They’re fabulous.


    • Wanda Dotson says:

      Thanks. The turtle pattern is from Heather Bailey Sewing Patterns. She has some really cute patterns. I bought mine at Quilting Adventures in Richmond, Virginia. She also has a store on the web.


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