|Spumoni (blended Bunny Hill Design & Blackbird Designs patterns)|
|Mellow Log Cabin (from a picture in a Weeks & Ringles book)|
Incidentally, this has a lot of purple in it!
|Be Thankful on left (Pat Sloan pattern, changed the colors)|
Crazy Sunflowers on right (tried to reproduce a quilt I saw in a quilt shop in my own colors)
I read something today over at Material Obsession that really caught me attention with all that's been on my mind. 'Participants wallow in the slow processes of applique and hexagons full of the elements of design necessary to make original, heartfelt quilts that resonate with personality. They produce the kind of quilts we all swoon over because they are full of the discovery of self expression that comes from making a multitude of choices regarding fabric, shape, pattern and form and from taking the time to do it properly.'
Ta-da! She was talking about a favorite class that involves hexagon work along with other applique, but I think it's time to make me another list. It wouldn't hurt to readjust the direction in which I'm headed instead of blithely jumping from project to project.
I can definitely see that I have to keep challenging myself. For instance, there's this picture of a quilt that's been on my wall for over a year now. Instead of playing it safe and buying that gorgeous and incredible pattern over at Collector With a Needle (like I really, really want to do), I think I would be better off pushing myself to reproduce the original quilt in my own way, with my own fabric choices, with the changes I make for all the reasons I personally make changes.
Like I said, not all of my ideas come out the way I envision them in my head. And just for your information, 'Our House' looks way better in person. (I think it's the hand quilting that adds so much, and which you can't see very well in the picture!)
I know these are little changes and little differences from the original creation, but it feels good to make a quilt 'your own'. Now I need to to do more of it and learn to do it better.....
|Prairie Vine (Quilt Sampler pattern with some added Blackbird Designs & Sue Spargo elements)|
|Sawtooth Stars of Friendship (basic antique quilt design with friendship blocks)|
|Our House (Indygo Junction pattern with change-ups)|
|For The Birds (Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. pattern with Whimsicals & Gwen Marston elements)|