MYoD - Week 04 - juhu

MYoD - Week 04 - juhu

User name of the quilter: juhu

Name of the exercise: This is what I usually do

What Jutta says about week 04:

What I usually do is making large quilts with many, many pieces, mostly squares and triangles cut without templates. The entire process has very little planning: I usually select a pile of fabrics from my stash, either because they appeal to me or because I think that they need to be made into SOMETHING after having spent ages in the shelves.

MYoD - Week 04 - juhu

My fabric purchases aren't planned either. Although I try to maintain a well balanced fabric stash, boh as colours, themes and pattern go, I hardly ever buy fabric specifically for one project.

Having selected my fabrics, I start playing around with block patterns. I simply love patterns that create an "overlay", ie a pattern that seems to run over the entire quilt and make it more difficult for the onlooker to distinguish the individual blocks. Since my quilts are usually large and very often hand-quilted, I have a lot of time to think about the next project(s). This means that by the time I can start a new project, I just fish out the sketch or - increasingly often - the EQ7 design and go to the cutting table straigth away.

The design I selected for this MYoD exercise actually belongs to the homework for one of the EQ7 classes I teach:

MYoD - Week 04 - juhu

I can't say why I work like that. It has just evolved like that. The limitation created by using fabric impossible to purchase more of seems to be bood for getting my creative juices flowing. Working on quilts in general makes me very happy and is the best way to calm me down after a stressful day at work. I both enjoy the process and I love the results - I am one of the few quilters actually unable to part with a quilt once finished. I think I will always have projects like this, but I would definitely like to broaden my horizons and work differently now and then.

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