Thursday, September 1, 2011

How not to sew straight.

I am teaching a series of classes
in the "How Not To Sew Straight" vein, the first bunch of classes are built on the idea of using the
oh so familiar Log Cabin block.
The pictures shown here are from the HouseTop class. The quilters of Gee's Bend use the housetop motif again and again to produce unique quilts, and they have been my inspiration for this class. It's a way to show how to get out of your own way while designing original quilts, yet still having the traditions of making quilts backing up your work.

These are work-in-progress shots of students' work. Well, the first one is mine... it's part of the chicken quilt.

I wish I had pix of the finished quilts, but we were rushing to finish. I've redesigned the class to be done in two days, so the design work is all done in class and the quilts will be finished!

I also have worked up a class called Not Just Another Log Cabin, where people experiment with a framed square block- by stretching, skewing, paying attention to colour and value, and generally letting experimentation, rather than a known result, be the leader. I'll post pix of that one soon.