Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Process Pledge - Are you up for the journey???

I, ________________, pledge to talk more about my processes, even when I can’t quite put them in the in words or be sure I’m being totally clear. I’m going to put my thinking and my gut feelings out there.

This is from rOssie at  She is pulling a ton of bloggers together into this project. 

I like this idea.  Really, I like it a lot.  I think it will help me develop a process rather than just plunging into a quilt.  Most of my quilts are taken from ideas floating around out there.  I see something like a pattern in a staircase or the windows of a building.  Or a quilt someone has made.  I try established patterns and techniques to learn from them and will often take a class from someone whose work I admire.  I joined the three local quilt guilds to see what others are doing and what things are out there. 

From all of this I pull an idea to begin with.  Rarely do I sketch it, I am not an artist nor am I classically trained.  So I do not have the habits of artists.  But even as I am sewing and cutting, my quilt is evolving and changing.  So nothing is ever the same. 

I have recently become enamored of modern quilts.  I don't know why I didn't think of them earlier!  I love them.  So I have all this traditional stash that I am forcing into modern quilts.  What a hoot!

This is one I made for the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog National Specialty Raffle for the Health or Rescue Fund.  I can't remember.  Aughhh!  Anyway.  I accidentally flipped the bottom row somehow and didn't even realize it till too late.  I was on a close deadline, so it was not an option to undo work.  But it was my own design even before the flip mistake.  And it will bring some money into the cause. 

The process on this quilt was simply to make squares within squares and put them together in a pleasing display.  This is where this process pledge comes in.  If I were "forced" to look at the process, this quilt would have been better.

So, here it goes, working on the process along with the quilt.  I will grow from this, I am sure.  And learn a lot about myself and my quilting along the way. 

I am up for the journey!



  1. Hi - we are back from vacation and I'm trying hard to catch up - happy birthday to your Mom (and your inheritance will be larger in many non-monetary ways.)

    I love the modern art quilts. I find I am leaning more and more to them each time I sit down to design something. So far it feels good.

    Hugs - Marie

  2. I can't wait to see how you use up your stash on your modern journey!


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