Most art quilters will say that they started with ‘traditional quilting’, and I guess by that they are referring to the type of quilts they made. Traditional quilts are made of blocks with even sides with points matching or appliqued patterns, in sizes that are used for beds or as a cover. Sort of like this one:
This was my first quilt. A sampler quilt no less, which is also a common starting point for many.
It had pieced blocks and applique.
I remember buying the fabric for it at a quilting fair in Brisbane and asking for advice from some of the stall-holders, and having doubts over putting these patterned fabrics together!
I also did all the hand-quilting with the help of a stencil to mark the pattern.
In the years since making this I think my style has changed, and even though I still like my first quilt enough to hang it on a wall at home – and not hide it away-, these days I prefer quilts with different attributes. I like uneven or wonky sides, raw edges, bits and pieces, rough textures and irregular effects. So, that seems to me that my tastes have changed over the years.
However, I was looking at this little quilt the other day…
with its irregular sides, no binding around the edges, blocks a little wonky and my early attempts at free motion quilting- can you see the lizard?!
This quilt was made as part of a brown bag challenge with Gatton Quilters.
A bag of scraps and instructions were sent around a group of people and each contributed some further fabric in the chosen colour scheme to construct a block. I think my instructions were along the lines of a pieced block using pieces or strips of varying widths, however…
I realised that my tastes haven’t really “changed”..
because this quilt was also actually made years ago, not long after my first quilt. So, even then I liked things to look a certain way, and ever since have been experimenting and trying for a little different each time.
I like the thought that maybe I haven’t changed, but just been developing and extending my skills and abilities. There’s always room for improvement!