Sunday, November 24, 2013

Seeking order out of the chaos.

I've been feeling my way through my life one foot in front of the other, sometimes dragging myself into the next moment.  I thank the gods and goddesses for my art that focuses me on making some semblance of order out of the chaos.  Here's a detail of a piece I've been working on -
 It needs a hawk or two.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Quilt As You Go - The Process

I started this quilt out with blocks squared to 12 ".

Laid out on the table is a row being quilted, complete with top, batting and back.  More rows hang on the design wall behind it. When the quilting is completed on all rows, you can begin to assemble the rows into a whole quilt.

Below, 2 rows have been joined together and flipped to the backside:
Next, I trimmed back the layers on the left side.

Next I pulled out the batting and flattened it out.
 Then I used my long cutting edge to feel for the underlying edge and mark it by turning it on it's edge to mark out a line that's slightly perceptible. 
 Below, if you look closely you can see the line left behind to use as a cutting line.
Cut along that entire row. 
Sigh...this is not a perfect world we live in.  We need to be flexible to overcome some of the difficulties we encounter and in quilting, I think it’s key to success.  I’m sharing with you some pictures of what can go wrong in the Quilt As You Go process and one example of how I adjusted for my flaws.

It all seemed so right until I got to the end of the row and realized I had trimmed it too short on the left side!  Well what could I do?  I couldn’t add onto the piece I’d cut  - it would not look very good at all.  So I added another length on that side.

After that seam is sewn, I flipped it over and folded it together with the seam of the right side and sewed along the entire edge for another seam on that side.

You can put as many lines in as you want.