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. Javan

Friday, August 26, 2011

Concept Quilting and a 1600 Inch Quilt

The Gardenias have started blooming again.

I have become 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, advanced classes?   Being an advanced quilter II 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
Celtic quilting, stained glass, paper pieced, new piecing blocks.

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 such a class -
I was going to make three ... Oh, My Goodness!!!  Could only handle one feathered star, and she is a beauty and became a beautiful 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 who married and she did.   

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 but 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.


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!!

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.