i’ve been thinking that this year i want to learn some quilting. and i have mixed feelings about it, which some of you probably understand – i mean, is it TOO crafty? a waste of fabric? a waste of time? is it awesome? soothing? satisfying? another channel for creativity?
is it somewhere in between all of these things?
i don’t know. but for almost a year i’ve been wondering if a great addition to the decorating scheme in my house was some fun, funky, “modern” quilting, and there is no time like the present to start.
so a few weeks ago i trekked down to purl soho to talk quilting and examine their liberty wall. (ok, yes, i went absurdly high-end straightaway. i cannot lie. but i only needed less than half a yard of each piece!) i spent half an hour pulling bolts down from the shelves, trying to understand the way i wanted the colors to flow. this was sort of cool only because i don’t usually specifically think in terms of a color wheel when creating garments, and i loved the chance to really think about color, but in the end i appealed to the two associates hovering around me for color and design advice.
we actually determined rather quickly that i have better taste than i give myself credit for, because after only a few reshuffles we came up with a great order for the prints and were finalizing the charcoal, yellow, blue and touch of orange that would be the solid color palette. i went pretty out of my wheelhouse on the prints, going for things i might usually consider too crafty or too matronly or just too-too, because i wanted the pops of color and they all had variations on a flowery or garden motif that i want to channel for my bedroom.
i finished the first three panels this weekend and all i can say is: yikes. piecing is HARD, YO. while i was cutting, pinning and piecing these chevrons i felt like i was working on a couture garment – the time differential between the bits of painstaking and specific work of these chevrons vs working on a nice long garment seam just shocked me. and, woe is me, the MEASURING.
i have an entirely new respect for quilters now.