I did part one of a two part quilting course on Saturday. I’m learning how to make half square triangle patchwork blocks. It’s fantastic, the possibilities are endless. I’m using different fabrics from 2 colour families for the quilt, I have chosen blue & brown.
I’ve decided that for this quilt, since it’s meant to be a scrap quilt, I don’t want to buy any new fabric, I want it to be made entirely of fabric already in my stash. This decision has led to me using a lot of fabrics I don’t particularly like and some that I love. A lot of the fabric in this quilt has been given to me by people who know I quilt & have responded to my request for scraps. Some of it is fabric from my Mum’s stash, the print I find the most ugly is one my Mum used to make matching dresses for my younger sister and I to wear to our Uncle’s wedding about 18 years ago! The rest is scraps of fabric that I have chosen in the past to make quilts or clothes for myself, obviously these are the prints I love the most.
I know it seems so odd to use fabrics I don’t like but I wanted to give those fabrics the chance to be something I can like. I wanted to challenge myself to think outside the square, to push myself to consider things I may not otherwise have bothered to use.
In the class on Saturday while looking closely at the quilt Trish (the teacher) has made for the class I realised that there were a heap of fabrics in her quilt that I wouldn’t have chosen off the shelf. Some of them I’ve even seen as a fat quarter & thought they were too bright, too “yuck”. Seeing them in the quilt though, as a small piece, surrounded by other fabrics I realised that I do like them. That made me feel better about some of my more revolting prints, I think they could look good together, especially when they’re pieced with some prints that I love.
From now on I’ll be looking at a broader range of fabric options when I buy fabrics for quilting because something that I don’t really like could become part of something that I love!
EDIT 25/10/10 Here’s a photo of my pieces on the design board in class. Photo taken by my teacher