This month I’m donating 50% of my Etsy shop sales to the Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.
I’ll also begin a weekly series featuring nonprofit organizations that use handmade to help others and highlight ways that you can get involved. To get things started, here are a few organizations that accept donated quilts:
Project Linus for children in crisis situations.
Quilts of Valor for service members and veterans in need of comfort.
Quilts Beyond Borders for under-served children around the world.
I’ve been making more experiments, this time with paint and pleats. For the quarter-circles above, I painted and stamped some linen and cotton fabric. Below, you can see I’ve been playing with pleats on half-square triangles. I’m thinking of combining the two methods next to create some clean-lined blocks with painted fabric.
I’m stuck on these simple, cut paper designs, even though I realize that I should move on to something else. But now I’m cutting freezer paper to make stencils. Lots of time for a stencil that can only be used once, but that’s part of what I like about them. Since I’ll be doing just one collection for Kokka per year, I’m using this time as an opportunity to focus on other projects. Right now that means I’m experimenting without a clear direction, but I will explore and find a path. Above is one that I’m working on right now and below is one that I made a couple of months ago for a book proposal that seems to be going nowhere.
I’ve also been interested in following the MQG copyright discussion provoked by this post and also the controversy surrounding this quilt. These two issues, for different reasons, are good examples of why I haven’t felt fully comfortable in the quilting world. I don’t consider myself a quilter, but I am often disappointed by the attitudes in this field of craft. However, I’m excited to attend QuiltCon for my first time this February. Thought and discussion are the best ways to propel the art of quilting forward.
QuiltCon East will be in Savannah in February! I’m thrilled to be giving a lecture and I hope you’ll get there early to hear it! My talk is Thursday morning (February 23) at 10:30 am. The focus of my talk will be on exploring your creativity through fabric experimentation. Here’s a summary:
Explore your creativity with fabric! I often find that sewing from instructions leaves me feeling overwhelmed and uninspired. In this talk, I’ll discuss ways to experiment with fabric, break through creative blocks, forget about the rules, and listen to your own voice. Our fast-paced, interconnected world can cause us to rush through life, focusing on the day-to-day tasks without stopping to reflect and create. I will offer practical tips for discovering and nurturing your creativity, plus techniques to begin your journey in experimentation. By viewing your sewing practice as play without focusing on the end result, you can develop your own ideas and explore fabric in an innovative way.
In addition to the painted techniques shown below, we’ll explore fabric piecing, pleating, layering, stitching, and dyeing to help you expand your creative thinking. We’ll talk about the ways that artists experiment to find their style and how you can apply the same techniques to your sewing practice. I look forward to seeing you there!
I’ve been thinking a lot about creating texture in quilts. I find that when I experiment with one element, it’s helpful to remove all other visual ideas. So I’ve been working in all white just thinking about lines and texture. After working on this piece, I decided that the back is much more interesting than the front, which is leading me on to new techniques. It’s exciting to experiment with different ideas and I’m pushing myself beyond my comfort zone this year with a few new projects. More on that soon.