Tuesday, August 28, 2012

free-form test quilt


Never would I have thought, back when I started quilting, that one day I would make an Art Quilt, well, never say never I say!  It is so different from traditional quilt making that a whole new way of thinking is required, you almost feel naughty for trying it!

On a scale from one to ten, I'm not sure how my free-form test quilt would rate, but it was fun to make and something I would like to explore.  So, to get the creative juices flowing, I am going to follow Gwen Marston's lead and begin a series of what she calls Sketches or Small Studies.

This doesn't mean my traditional quilt making days are over, just a nice change when the mood strikes me and it will help keep the dust off my sewing machine.

Until next time.....happy quilting!

Karen

14 comments:

Sujata Shah said...

Wow! It looks fabulous! I would have never thought this is your first improv quilt. You definitely made it like a pro!
I smiled when I read you felt almost naughty while making this quilt. I had never heard that expression before! Isn't it fun not following rules?

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Karen, I think the creative process should not be restricted to only one thing if the "creator" wishes to do something different.......Your quilt is outstanding.....look forward to seeing more of your work......

Brenda said...

it's fabulous! did you take a class with Gwen?

Sue said...

It is very neat. And I love Gwen's books and have several and I really do love her way of helping us all to be a bit 'liberated' with our quiltmaking!

Betweens said...

Hi Karen...sometimes we are just naturals, I am sure all the judges are giving you a current 10! It looks incredible, your values and eye for art is amazing but I am not surprised.
What a wonderful journey you have started, can`t wait to see your next art project

Lizzie P said...

guilt be gone! quilt is fab!

Maria said...

I love the way your free form quilt looks Karen...
Just enjoy putting your fabrics together....

Dolores said...

Change is good and playing is even better.

Judy said...

I like it! I think it's a great idea to play with both. Enjoy yourself!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic colours. Great job choosing that combination. Did you have help?

Regan said...

Awesome quilt! I think it takes guts to let go of the preciseness of traditional quilting and go for the free form process. Rock on!

Karen said...

Thank you Regan, it was lots of fun and I look forward to the next one!

Jen said...

Karen I had to look twice to see it was you!! What an a amazing work of modern art. Your free form quilting is looking alive with colour. Great fabric choices.

Paula said...

Karen I like your new block. This is so totally different from what we see on you blog, and I do like it so much. I think it is good to try a different thing. I even ordered Gwen's book and I'm now reading it with great interest.
Looking forward seeing your next block.