The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Concept Quilting and a 1600 Inch Quilt

The Gardenias have started blooming again.

I am very interested in concept quilting - meaning of course that I am tired of making quilts with stars.
I do not want to take another quilt class that teaches the same old stuff.
I always end up with yet another UFO.
Why do they never want or expect you to finish in class?
The instructions for the pattern are pretty self explanatory
so why am I paying for someone else to read the instructions to        me and watch me do the the sewing.

I realize socializing and being part of the quilting community is important
and I certainly enjoy talking with others - just do not think I need to pay for it
and I do have a sewing group and a guild and
most certainly all my blogging friends keep me up-to-date and involved.

Why do they not designate when you sign up - beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes?   I have taken classes where I spend a lot of my time helping someone who does not know how to sew, or rotary cut, or understand what they are suppose to be doing. Some classes are beyond the beginner's expertise and why shouldn't we expect the shop or teacher to monitor this.

I really prefer taking a class to learn a concept, rather than how to make yet another quilt.

Learning how to use a new ruler and what the benefits are is a good source of information
in a class

The intricate and challenging Feathered Star was a class -
I was going to make three ... Oh, My Goodness!!!  Could only handle one feathered star, and she is a beauty and a wall hanging.

Paper piecing is a concept I love and the classes were great and inspiring.

Bargello is a concept to me and I really loved doing that one in a class.  Sorry no picture as that became a wedding quilt for first granddaughter..

One of my first - yes, first - quilts was a Mariner's Compass medallion quilt where we added different borders. This was a really teachable quilt as you had so many borders you could pick and choose from to add.. Some of the points are not great and that is okay as I certainly did love making this quilt..

I really love celtic and stained glass quilting using fusible bias tape. I have made a lot of these

I have made bowls - this one was given to me by my friend Karen...
 Mine are packed away.
I have learned every way there is to making flying geese.
Last month I took a class about quilting as you go in columns - I thought it was an interesting concept because it was finished, except for binding, when I left the class that day..

I have never understood why you would want to taker a class that was two hours a week over three weeks, instead of just one six-hour class.

Learning a concept usually is not associated with having to buy a book,
which I definitely have too many of.

Disappearing Nine Patch - I love them...
Anytime you sew something together, cut it apart and re-sew back together
for a totally different look is a concept to me.
I keep looking for other ways to make blocks like this.

Last week I found a tutorial for the 1600-inch quilt that just looks like fun.
I would even call it a new concept and do not think I need to pay $50 for the class.
You start with a jelly roll and sew all the strips together - check it out.

I borrowed their picture and give credit back to Heirloom Creations.

I would so appreciate and hope you will share your thoughts on what concept quilting means to you.
I feel that perhaps there are others that share these feelings.

Judy C traveling along her journey at a slower pace today and wishing you well.


Janet O. said...

I have never taken a class just to make a specific quilt. Like you, I want to learn new concepts--at least new to me. I want to choose my own fabrics, not work from a kit. I don't want to walk out the door with the same thing everyone else made. I have taken classes in paper piecing, binding techniques, double wedding ring with templates, Mariner's Compass, and I did a BOM class for two years where each month introduced new techniques or tools. For the number of years I have quilted, that is very few classes. I have my eye on a feathered star class this fall. Not one of these classes dictated fabrics or finished products and I like it that way.
As for the jelly roll quilt, I've watched the video before, but don't think I will go there. : )

Vroomans' Quilts said...

We teach 'concept' classes. Using different tools,rulers, and templates. Variety of 3-D blocks. A variety of 'no-waste' blocks. Charting, mapping, and math of quilts (more for advanced). Teaching the same block, but using 2,3,4, or more techniques to make the same block (everyone has their learning point).

Our quild is offering concept classes/workshops this year. Hunter star and feather star. For fun the 1600 quilt (someone should not be charging for this class - it is a free concept from a source and they should not be capitalizing on it). Basic paper piecing - intermediate pp - advance pp. Free form fun - playing with scraps (yes you can creat without a pattern). Landscape applique and thread art (professional). All the others are being taught by guild members.

Karen said...

Some interesting thoughts in your comments. Seems like a few of the places near you need to be a lot clearer in what they are providing in a class.
I attend a regular weekly group held by a store where we all work on our own projects but have help available when needed. We get to see a lot of different quilts being made by all participants.
But I have also asked the store owner to regularly show us an item each week and explain its use and purpose. When you look at the notions wall in a store it's amazing how many items are there so why not find out what they do.
I agree. I want to learn!

Barb said...

What a fun fun everying...that on start looks very time consuming...

Katie said...

I have to agree. Mostly I find I'm very annoyed at how much stuff I have to haul to a class only to find out I don't need most of it. Especially the sewing machine! Then of course there is the class where they don't tell you to bring something important. Sigh.

Love the Jelly Roll races! I have to make one for the Heritage Day Auction! :-)

Karen L R said...

Fabulous quilts!

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts...

taylorsoutback said...

So behind this week on checking in with your wonderful postings...the Feathered Star is fabulous and reminds me of my own intention to do more than one!! Mine goes back to 1980 something and is now faded...time to do that second one!

You are amazing in all that you accomplish!!

Ulla said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your works are FANTASTIC! I love the colours! My favorie is Feathered Star. What a colours! I am very happy to find you Blog!

Joanne Lendaro said...

Very, very, interesting post....I can tell there was a lot of thought that went into this. I've re-read it twice and will read it again.