I have SO much that I have done over the 6 years I have been a full time quilt-maker and self employed! I have so many adventures and trials [and errors] to share. I had a blog for a few years which was all that, but I decided to start over. to curate stronger, content that may reflect my readers. Who are you? [Who am I?] Maybe I will just got forth with telling you about my projects and let my life be kept to the pages of Facebook and at the tables at parties. [maybe a memoir?] Do please keep me apprise of what projects you want to hear about. There's always plenty. you are the reason I can keep going so I want this to be a dialog not a diatribe.
It's fun to write this blog because I get to look back at these projects. This was the second quilt I made. I made it while I was home for the summer from Architecture school. I went to the fabric store and bought the fabrics that I thought were super stellar! Of course batik. I bought what I thought was enough fat quarters then set to work assembling them. [As you can see there weren't nearly enough.] I haven't looked at a picture of this in some time. I love that I used the Half Square triangle for the project. I recall spending a lot of time working on the geometry of this project and wanting to make sure there was a really great secondary pattern within the layout. Looking back now I see a pattern that I am very used to seeing in the vernacular of quilting, but at the time I knew very little about quilting so it was to me a great innovation.
After making the "whole" top I measured and realized that it was WAYY too small for anyone's bed. apparently when you sew fabric together the seams decrease the size of the overall amount of fabric. hah! so I went back to the store and bought another fat quarter bundle and sewed it around 3 sides of the quilt.
This was a present for my college roommate as he got married. After making it I spent so much time and money on it I really didn't want to part with it. Which means it's a good gift. If you have an emotional attachment to the present then you are giving some of your self with the object.
To start off this blog Seems fitting to start at the very beginning. This was the First quilt I made. Started small. 7 feet tall by 10 feet wide. I started it in art school at the North Carolina School of the Arts. I started from an images I had taken in high school. I was studying Chuck Close and decided that using a grid I could translate an image into fabric. I had these squares of red black and blue fabric that Mom had gotten me years ago that I towed around with the rest of the "I should make something out of this" The process of this first one was quite the learning curve. I started the first few pieces hand sewing them together during my 8am english class. That was quickly abandoned in favor of using the machines that were created to make that process more efficient, a sewing machine. The top probably took me 2 years and then asking around I found out that you could just pay someone to finish it! amazing! The reason it was so large was that the pieces I had already were the size they were and I couldn't make the grid any different and still get the details I got. which is still very abstracted.
Here's to the new and the old! Lets start from scratch. I will be adding a post on all the quilts I have made. [the ones I remember and have photos of anyway...] as well as the things going on in the world of LUKE. Stay tuned!