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?

Scrapper’s Delight

I finished Scrapper’s Delight from the book, Sunday Morning Quilts. I love, love, love this quilt. I chose fabrics from all my fabric scraps, except brown. It made the most happy quilt. I loved using all the fabrics from my previous projects. I was pleased that such different fabrics and colors could go so well together.

Picnic size

Picnic size

Machine Quilting

Machine Quilting

Great twin bedding

Great twin bedding

Love the secondary pattern

Love the secondary pattern



My Happy Scrappy Quilt

We moved! — and now I’m settled in. Before we moved, I purchased the book, Sunday Morning Quilts.

I chose the quilt, Scrapper’s Delight, as my first project. Here’s a photo from the book:


I’m excited about using just scraps for a quilt. The authors suggested sorting my scraps into colors which I had already done, but I hadn’t sorted the scraps into piles of one-inch/two-inch squares, for example. This took some time. I’m glad I did because it made making the first block so much easier. This evening I finished my first block:


I can’t wait to do some more happy scrapping.