Thursday, October 04, 2012

QAYG: Diving In

Here is what I am calling the matrix, a background pieced layer, which I am going to cut into strips and insert solids between.
I determined that the size wasn't going to end up wide enough, so I added about 10 inches more to the height. Doesn't that sound confusing? Well, the width will grow with the inserted strips, but the finished dimension will be the same from this top to this bottom if I didn't add more to it.
Having done this addition before cutting the matrix into strips meant that I also had to add more length to the inserted strips. It all becomes clear in the sewn sections below.
The verticals each have contrasting ends, sewn before inserting.
I mentioned varying the width of my insertions in the post from yesterday, but immediately changed my mind when I started sewing. There needed to be something constant, and I am certain the inserted strips were it.
I am about 1/3 of the way done with this section of the quilt, and I am piecing it in sections, and will quilt it by flip and sew. I'll show that again here, when it happens.

I have decided that my local quilt group and I are marching to different drummers. No surprise, but a bit of disappointment on my end. They were lovely to me, but their focus is on hand quilting 'pioneer style' quilts and sticking hard to tradition. Nothing happens at the meetings but hand quilting, from 9-12. No show and tell and no bright colors. Sigh. I wouldn't be able to bring them over to my side and they couldn't bring me over to theirs, so....nevermind.



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13 comments:

  1. Re: Your local group - Isn't that why you have us? We're your group; we like bright colors and experimenting; and we like cheering you on. I love the idea you have going here with the layered look. I am in the design phase of a new quilt, and I'm having to talk myself into doing some layering. You are showing the way - even to those of us who don't comment very often.

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  2. I'm sorry about your local group. Everyone I've met here does very traditional work, too. It would be so fun to "feed" off someone else and do little jaunts to different shops, etc. I'm so thankful for the Internet and you and Jamie and Barbara and Juanita and Frieda and Del and all the rest who share so freely!

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  3. I'm sorry about your local group. Everyone I've met here does very traditional work, too. It would be so fun to "feed" off someone else and do little jaunts to different shops, etc. I'm so thankful for the Internet and you and Jamie and Barbara and Juanita and Frieda and Del and all the rest who share so freely!

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  4. Bummer about the group! Don't know if you follow Rayna Gillman, but she has mentioned being a member of a Modern Quilt Guild in NYC. Have you met anyone in your area that shares your love of Art quilts and experimental techniques? Maybe you should put a notice at your local quilt shop to see if you can drum up interest in forming a group... you never know!

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  5. ....and I'm sorry for stuttering when I hit the "publish" button! Damn!

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  6. I know what you mean about your local group. Mine is a bit like that too, I wish they were a bit more interested in doing 'something different'. But several of them are good friends, and I enjoy the fellowship. And there's always the Interwebs...

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  7. Although your local group is not "on your side," there are oodles of us in other places who love bright colors and quilts that aren't considered "traditional." We're not physically close by, but we're with you through the magic of computers and the internet. If you were able to get us all together a football stadium wouldn't be able to hold us all!

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  8. Sorry to hear about your local quilt group not working out. Lois

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  9. I can empathize...my small quilting group has steadfastly stuck to traditional quilting. And, as you mentioned with your group, there is no sharing, no inspiration, and a lot of griping about health issues. I think I need to find a younger, more stimulating group to join! Good luck in however you choose to solve your dilemma! :)

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  10. This is looking interesting. Can't wait to see where it goes.

    May we have some puppy pictures please?!

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  11. The piece looks great. Too bad the group didn't work out for you....I'd come out and play with you any day of the week.

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  12. You could move to central Oregon...we love everything (even bright colors). Have you thought about teaching a QAYG class at the Stitchin' Post in Sisters? I'd come for sure. Good luck in finding some local quilters that like your style.

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  13. Love this quilt! can you tell me about what size the middle squares are?

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