Quilting Rules and the Modern Quilting World

I love quilts, I’ve loved quilts from the first time I noticed quilts and my passion for them has only grown.

My first quilting teacher was Eleanor Burns, who I watched on PBS and before a VCR. I would take notes and then make the project. I also read every book and magazine that I could find. As money was tight I made many miniature quilts as the fabric requirements weren’t overwhelming to my budget.

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I fell in love with the precision of piecing, I love pressing my pieces and seeing perfectly matched seams and sharp points.  I pride myself in my work.

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On the other hand though, I’ve never appreciated the “Quilt Police” I want to make what I want to make, in the colours that I choose and the styles that I like. Quilting should be fun. I often think of a grade 7 teacher who tried to explain to me that purple and orange, and blue and green do not ever go together..that made no sense to me!

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Lately, something new has been catching my eye, I’m loving the Modern Quilts that are out there. Colours and styles are changing and I want to play! Sometimes I just want to cut up fabric, sew and press and see what happens. Sometimes I just want simple. More often than not lately I want to try different.

This weekend I played with some Kate Spain Fabric and made my version of a quilt that I’ve seen in a few places. It’s still a work in progress, but it does have my wheels turning with more ideas.

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so simple, just strips sewn together, cut and framed, and solid blocks framed with pieced strips. Such a quick and relaxing project. Perfect for these hot weather days. I love the bright happy colours and patterns in this line too. This is still a work in progress, I haven’t decided on borders. It will be lap sized though.

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I know that this project is barely dipping my toes into the water of Modern Quilting but I think there will be more, so much more!!

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About wendysquilting

Professional Longarm Machine Quilter in Thunder Bay Ontario.
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7 Responses to Quilting Rules and the Modern Quilting World

  1. This is gorgeous 🙂 I’ve just read another post at http://www.weddingdressblue.wordpress.com on the quilt police. The main thing is that we have fun sewing and enjoy the results. Thanks for sharing. Avis x

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  2. Your Schnibble is absolutely to die for!!!

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  3. Too bad for your Grade 7 teachers. Not a quilter, obviously. Your work is lovely! Even with that purple and orange together. 🙂

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  4. kate spain says:

    Wendy, your work is beautiful! How wonderful to hear you’re finding happiness in playing around with color. Unlike your 7th grade teacher, i happen to think orange and purple bring out the best in each other. The possibilities hidden in the color wheel are infinite! Explore to your heart’s content! xxoo

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  5. wendysquilting says:

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your comment! I’ve been noticing more and more vibrant colours are following me home these days and my studio is a reflection of it, I may not be able to make pastel quilts again for some time!

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  6. wendysquilting says:

    I hope that teacher came out of her rule box at some point. Life really is too short to be constrained by such silly rule..the things we learn as we age I guess.

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  7. wendysquilting says:

    Thank you Helen, I must admit that one is one of my favorites, it’s the one I made a mistake cutting the fabrics for and ended up having to make changes and because I needed more charm packs I ended up with a baby quilt sized schnibble as well!

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