3. What do I create these quilts?
Because it's fun! And because I love art you can use (or wear)!. I sometimes wonder where I'll find my next idea….and then suddenly I have a stack of new projects that all what to be made NOW!
4. How does my creative process work?
I get my ideas and inspiration from lots of sources. The quilt exhibit at the MFA noted above started an exploration of color that lasted for months…and lead to the creation of an assortment of small projects. Sometimes I see fabric which gives me an idea for a design. Sometimes I see a quilt in a book that I want to make, or that quilt may be the jumping off point for the creation of an original design. Less often I'll see something in my neighborhood which will inspire me to create a quilt.
You don't want to see my workspace(s). Or maybe you do!! It's messy! I call it "creative chaos". I often buy fabric in sets--not typically all from a fabric line or designer, but things that I like together. I let these stacks of fabric pile up. When I walk past them, I think about how I'm going to use them. In sight is in mind. Put the fabrics in the bins of my stash and it's out of sight, out of mind unless it is something particularly spectacular that I am saving for a later date!
Here are 3 quilts and why they came to be:
Left to right:
- Modern Hexagon Quilt--I wanted to try some English Paper piecing so I made a stack of hexagons. I knew I didn't want to make a traditional Grandma's garden. But some Modern quilts using hexagons in lines or cascades I'd seen on the Modern Quilt Guild site were intriguing. So I designed this Modern Hexagon quilt. It could be titled "Grandma's Garden Deconstructed"!
- Jumbled Spool Quilt--I'd seen lots of spool quilts in books and on-line. The spools were always lined up perfectly. Mine never are! So I created my Jumbles Spools Quilt using a design roll of Bright Kona Cottons.
- Portholes Quilt--I designed the Portholes quilt to practice quilting circles. My quilted circles didn't come out as planned but learning to quilt perfect circles has been a process for me, and this was a step along the way. I learned to make the reverse circles used for the sun and "portholes" from a Craftsy Class "Inset Circles and Applique by Machine" taught by Cheryl Arkison. I find Cheryl's books to be a great source of inspiration too!