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Quilting by Improvisation

Last weekend I headed to a class in Smithville, OH.  Where’s Smithville you ask?  It’s a little town near Wooster and not too far from Orville, OH, home of Smuckers jelly.  It’s not too exciting of a town, but I have gotten to know a woman who used to own the quilt shop there and get her emails.

Anyway, the class was taught by Vikki Piggnatelli, another Ohio artist who hails from Reynoldsburg, down by Columbus.  I was not aware of Vikki’s work before taking the class, but the announcement about the class really got my attention.  Her work is very artistic and spectular to look at the detail.

The first day we learned her technique for exploring curves using a pattern.  The process is very simple and once you have all the pieces cut and in place, then it is sewn.  Vikki kept telling us there are “NO RULES” to the process. Using scraps from our stash and a simple pattern drawn on freezer paper we created a dancing star.

The second day we reinforced her technique and created our own free form piece.  It was a little intimidating at first, but once you felt the freedom to create it became easier as you shaped, cut and moved the pieces of fabric around till it was in just the right position.

She also taught us a great way to make irregular edges, borders and facings to our quilts that fit more with the design of our finished project.  No more 1/4″ seams or trying to get a perfect mittered corner on a binding.

I really felt that this is the direction my quilting is going.  I just can’t get into jelly rolls, honey buns and all those other “bakery items”  the quilt stores are sell lately.  I also have a new prespective on fabric values and will be looking for more saturated colors to get drama to my projects.

My free form project is still developing, but it will have to wait since I’m off on vacation next week.  We will be heading to our friend’s house on Lake Gaston in N. Carolina.  It’s a long drive, but I get to stop at Batiks Etc, in Wythville, VA for some of their yummy batiks.  YEAH!

Use it up – Part 2

Isn’t amazing how when you are trying to use up things you have, you create more odds and ends?  Here’s another little piece I made when I found the leaves (already done) while looking for something else.  I think it was from a technique called Herky Jerky that I didn’t ever grasp. Oh well, I love how the brights play with the black.

Next I had some pieced strips leftover from jackets I made my husband’s nieces like forever ago.  Once sewn together they were maybe the size of a place mat.  The narrower one I made into a Tee Pee bag.  You just need a rectangle twice as long as it is wide.  We all have some of those scraps around.    The other striped piece I made into a 3 pocket travel cosmetic bag using other fabric for the lining and leftover binding for the edges.  


You just have to dig through the stash ladies and figure it out what works together!     I’m headed to NEORQC this weekend in Aurora for their annual quilting retreat.  So check back to see my class project.