One of the first modern quilting books that I ever purchased was Quilting Modern by Jackie Gering and Katie Pedersen. The first quilt that jumped out at me in the book and begged to be made was the Fiesta Wall quilt. I've wanted to make it for the past 2 years. And I've had the fabric purchased to make it for the past 2 years. :)
Lately, it's been calling to me again and I decided that I wanted to get it made in time to enter it into Quiltcon (deadline is the end of November). So I pulled out my fabrics a few days ago and started thinking about the quilt. I still love the quilt in the book but lately I've been wanting to design my own quilts more and more. Or at least take inspiration from the pattern but put my own spin on it. So, I got out my colored pencils and my graph paper and drew up a plan.
And that's my WIP for this week. I'm working on my Fiesta quilt (possible name change is in the works).
I read a lot of blogs and try to stay up on what's going on in the online quilting community. By doing so, it can sometimes be easy to go with the flow and just like what's trendy at the moment. Lately I'm getting better at stopping myself, pulling back and thinking about the things that I really like and dislike. How am I a modern quilter? How do my likes and dislikes make me one?
Well, I love patchwork, I love scrappy, I love minimalism or negative space - but not too much, I love traditional quilt blocks, I love traditional quilt blocks that have been made modern, I love modern quilt blocks, I LOVE paper piecing, I love sampler quilts, I love the colors blue, green and purple - the cool side of the color wheel, I love gray and black and some shades of chocolate brown - but not too much and I love color combos that are opposite each other on the color wheel.
What do I dislike? I dislike traditional borders and sashings with the little corner blocks, I dislike low volume, I dislike too much minimalism, I dislike some shades of brown, I dislike repro/vintagey fabrics, I dislike Civil War fabrics, I dislike solids that are too dusty and I'm sure there is more that I dislike.
**NOTE: This is my personal opinion about the things listed. I realize not everyone carries my opinion and that's what makes the world so great.
After thinking about what I like and dislike for some time, I drew up my plan for my *Fiesta* quilt. It has some of the things I love in it such as patchwork, minimalism (but not too much), and cool colors. We'll see how it goes. I really need to finish up some WIP's around here. They're starting to take over the place.
Wow! This post was just suppose to be about my WIP and it got all preachy. Sorry about that. Please don't take offense if I have disliked something you love.
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