I suppose I should just claim it. I have been procrasinating. I have two solo shows coming up in the spring of 2014, and I need to get on it. I need to create about 15-20 new Color Grids. Instead I am, well, doing other things. When most people procrastinate, they clean their house or spend mindless hours on the internet, I quilt. It is my work and my hobby. My source of inspriation and my form of procrastination.
For the back of all of my Color Grid quilts, I use Shot-Cottons instead of a regular solid colored fabric. Shot Cottons are woven out of two slightly different colors of fiber. This creates a subtle shimmer in the fabric which works to hi-light beautiful quilting while also hiding mistakes. I like that a lot. Here are the backs of several recent quilts.
The more quilts I make, the more left over scraps of Shot Cotton I have. Each time I finish a Color Grid, I think about making a quilt out of my pile of backing scraps. Last week, I decide what the hell. Let’s make that quilt.
First, I free hand cut a bazillion strips of fabric. Each strip was about 22 inches long by one to two and 1/2 inches wide. I decided on 22 inches long because that is half a width of fabric when it comes off the bolt. If I had used 19 inches long, I would have had less waste. But here is my philosphy on waste. It is only waste if you don’t use it, and all my leftovers eventually get rolled into other quilts, or perhaps buried with me.
I then stitched and stitched and stitched until I had a huge pile. When I stitch these strips together, I mate them while I am sitting at the sewing machine. I am always trying to create the most beautiful pairings of color as possible while also striving for variety.
The quilt blocks I had originally envisioned looked like this.
I then took all of these triangles to my sewing machine and stitched them together. Again, I pair the triangles while sitting at the machine, always trying to create the best marriage of colors. I found that my sewing machine tended to like stitching the triangles from the outer edge towards the middle best.
Once all of these blocks were made, I put them on my design wall and moved them around. At first, I thought I would need to be careful about where all that yellow went, but then I discovered that the key design component with these blocks was where the tiny bit-strips landed. They needed to be evenly distributed across the quilt. As you can tell here, I actually made a lot of blocks, but I decided in the end to make two smaller quilts instead of one larger one.
The next step in a prolonged bout of procrasination is always quilting. I decided to try and give each color its own quilted motif. That’s a lot of different colors of thread. In the end, several fabrics shared motifs.
I have loaded a unfinished Color Grid onto my longarm and am ready to begin another round of Extreme Quilting. Or should I make some oven mitts? I really want to make oven mitts.
I am reposting this on Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday Blog. Click on the link and scroll down to see what fiber artists from all over have been doing this week.