Tuesday, August 09, 2011

One Thing Leads to Another

The first time I learned how to make this simple block, I was electrified!

Like many other quilters, I was/still am a fan of Bonnie Hunter's www.quiltville.com and found her ideas thrilling - yes thrilling! My mind was reeling with ideas, plans, projects, colors, etc. I made my share of kids quilts using this technique, several Linus quilts, a sofa quilt, and one for the car trunk, all the time realizing this was one great use of scraps. I wonder if Bonnie Hunter realizes how responsible she is for ENERGIZING so many of us! Then, I realized this block had more surprises -- and it led me to projects made with smaller strips, larger strips, more strips, boxes of strips -- uhhh you get the picture.

Next, was THIS bargello project.
Again, I would not have had the courage to try it until I had the basic block (above) figured out. While it was not a complicated quilt, it LOOKED complicated until I realized it's relationship to that basic bargello block. My, my, what else is around the corner - more energy, I must say!

And then I realized how useful it would be for a border and I could use up the scraps from a quilt to make what appears to be a complicated border (NOT!). You have seen some of my use of this bargello idea on a number of my quilts I've shown on this blog -- here is another use for the same technique! I LOVE it when a great idea gives me mental energy!!! One thing leads to another...
(and now in reviewing my photos and projects, you can see what my favorite colors are! )

This post is about learning one technique even if you don't think you like it, because you never know where it might lead you ... sounds like a lesson in life doesn't it?

I have a sew day planned with a friend, and we're going to play "Bargello"!


Nancy said...

Thanks for this post. It gave me the courage to try that technique.

julieQ said...

I do love Bonnie's brain too! Energizing...that is truly a great description of what I get from Bonnie too! Love those pretty bargellos!

Lynn said...

Great ideas and great quilts.

Shari said...

Bonnie's my hero too. Changed the way I think about how I quilt.

Thanks for sharing the progression of your skill development...

Elsie Montgomery said...

And your post gives me energy! Needed that today... thanks a bunch... and your quilts are so nice!

Purple Pam said...

Yes, I agree that Bonnie is an energizer for sure. I love her patterns and the fact that she shares so generously. I wonder if she is inside the costume of the Energizer Bunny?

Sharon said...

Isn't it fun to trace the evolution of one idea? You took Bonnie's idea and ran with it, and made some fabulous pieces! I think the idea of using the Bargello block for a border is simply brilliant!

Bonnie has been a big influence on me as well. She's an amazing woman, and I'm so thankful that's she's also so generous!

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I love Bargello! Fabulous.

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Browndirtcottage said...

Well, I think you are just as clever as Bonnie!! Brilliant idea for that border!! Those are defiantly some amazing quilts girlfriend!!