Friday, November 14, 2008

QUILTS


Last month, the Quilt Guild Ardis Wannabes (artist want-to-be's) pulled the word "Q U I L T" out of the bag, and those who wish to participate were to make some art-y type 'thing' based on the word. The important aspect of the project/thing is that is must be DONE by the next month. The goal is to help us stretch our imagination, try something new and not get overwhelmed with such broad terms as saving humanity, the search for truth ... NOT!!!

This isn't my idea of "arty" but it IS something different for me. First, it's paper piecing, so I had to actually USE a computer program (Foundation Factory) that I've had for at least 5 years, then one will discover (after they are sewn together!) that alphabet letters need to be spaced differently than just say .. a standard 1 inch between letters. So one must UNSEW!!! them carefully (remember? they are paper pieced?), and the very most important part is when you resew them, they still must say Q U I L T S, and not Q U L I S T! Oh yes, I can hear you guffawing out there, thinking, "how can anyone get them in the wrong order?" Hey, Q U L I S T happens!

So, in my search on this journey to thinking more artistically, I am learning to stay calm, don't throw it out, and go back and fix it, no matter how disgusted one gets. Chances are, when finished, it will be OK. And I like it.

I wanted something to put on the wall that says, "A quilter lives here". Again, I used what I had, adequately machine quilted, there are several prairie points pointing inward (for interest) and bound with single fold straight of grain binding, hand sewn.

Tomorrow is Quilt Guild day. I wonder what the new Ardis Wannabe word will be?

12 comments:

Vicki W said...

"Hey, Q U L I S T happens!"

ROFLOL!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Well worth the effort to stick to it - looks great now!!! Sometimes it is nice to do a SMALL project when trying something new - for the learning curve - so for your paper piecing adventure, I would say this was perfect.
Cheers!
Evelyn

Joyce said...

It was worth correcting the spelling! Too bad we don't have an undo button when quilting like we do on the computer. Lol. It's turned out beautifully. I like the way you've done the borders in different colors.

paula, the quilter said...

What a great way to learn something new. After all the frustration, it turned out well. For the next word, you should try some liberated letters.

Lynn said...

Elaine - this quilt is so cute! What size is it? I have never tried PP letters but will keep your suggestions in mind if I do.

Lyyy

julieQ said...

Very cute! I love the different borders..

Marilyn said...

A great job! A neat addition to your quilt room. We had guild meeting today, too. Lots of fun. Qulist--sounds a lot like clueless. I know we hear that expression a lot and I can totally resemble that at times. Like now. I need some advice. Could you pay me a visit, please?

Lynne in Hawaii said...

You are doing a wonderful job. It is amazing how creative we can be in fixing OOOOPpes. I love that you are sticking with it and not giving up. You go girl!

Tanya said...

You are so funny. That is a lovely piece though even if it took a lot of work and time and patience. Looking forward to your next assignment!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

aaawwhh! I looks great!

Shasta said...

It looks great. And sometimes these mistakes are just your quilt's way to make you play with it a while longer.

Kathleen said...

very pretty... what was the new word?