Texture: the last chapter

Texture was the the last chapter in Carolyn Friedlander’s Savor Each Stitch  book and the last chapter of our Book Bee.

Maybe because it was the last chapter and because a myriad of other commitments this summer, I am still working on this chapter quilt.

Carolyn’s project in the book was inspired by Crazy Quilts. I took that inspiration as well.

I have a Bernina 560 and it has dozens of embroidery stitches. I bought some linen and linen/cotton fabric and started stitching those embroidery stitches.

I had a basket of thread from my mother’s stash. She died 20 years ago this year,img_8019 and I liked the idea of using her thread in my Texture quilt.

It was fun to see what was on my Bernina. The stitches were narrow and at first I made straight lines.

 

 

 

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A fellow bee member said it looked like I had created my own fabric. I made some more “fabric” and didn’t travel in straight lines. Then I experimented with meandering with the embroidery stitches until I was tired of it.

I played around with my own Crazy blocks and added them to my embroidery blocks which I had cut into 6.5″ squares.

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That’s where I am. I feel my Crazy blocks aren’t that crazy and I’m unsure if my “fabric” blocks mesh with the improv blocks.

I looked back at Carolyn’s blocks and there is a sophistication to them, and I see that in my fabric blocks, but not in the Crazy blocks. Lots of texture and tension, for sure. I’m going to take a break from them and see where I want this quilt to go. I looking for a better ending to this chapter.

The Savor Each Stitch Book Bee was an enriching experience. By focusing on Lines, Contrast, Scale, Color, Emphasis, Volume and Texture, I learned to trust my instincts, and I saw my design skills improve. I learned so much about myself, and I really enjoyed the experience with amazing quilters who were generous in their comments. I even got to spend some a few days with one of them last year at this time. Susan — you are the best.

I made a collage of my quilts, minus the Color one, to see if there were any trends. I have not finished quilting the Emphasis quilt (far right top).

Use of solids

Improv with structure

Curves with a nod to tradition

Some risk taking

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Top Left: Lines: Date Night; Middle: Contrast: Contrast Material; Right: Emphasis: Mod Drunk; Bottom Left: Scale: Roses and Right: Volume: Solitude!

4 thoughts on “Texture: the last chapter

  1. allisonreidnem says:

    I like your texture blocks along with the bright ‘crazy’ fabrics. Maybe if you carry the fancy stitching onto the coloured blocks they will be more cohesive? Although whoever heard of cohesive craziness? 😀

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