The Art of Quilting
Quilting is an art form. From designing the piece to the final stitch that finishes it.
I sometimes follow a pattern when piecing, but a lot of times I follow my instinct from choosing the colors to making the choice for the block. There is no rhyme or reason in my thinking process; I just do what pleases me.
If I admit to having 12 unfinished projects sitting in boxes under my ironing table, you would know that I am human. I start things and don’t finish them. Well, eventually I will finish them! I pull out a box of pieces and have to remember what my original plan was. I have made a habit of putting all my notes I have made for assembling, pressing direction, etc. in the box of a project so I don’t have to swear at myself when I do go back to it.
Some of the most magnificent tops I have quilted are not pieced by me, and I am satisfied with the finished top after quilting as if I had made the whole thing. It is an honor to be able to put the design in stitches on the top someone else pieced, and I take great satisfaction thinking of how to place design and color of thread to enhance it as well. My favorite client is one who lets me do what I chose; especially if they have specific instruction on basics. A guideline always helps me be more creative.
Paper piecing is not my forte. I fumble with the paper, I can’t chose fabric colors, I feel like it takes too long…you name it, I’ve made the excuse for not ever paper piecing my projects. My sister is not adverse to sewing fabric to paper and she has done the blocks for several projects for me that I really wanted but would not suffer the paper part of achieving it.
Recently I have had the pleasure of quilting three different paper pieced tops for a teacher who teaches classes and is a certified instructor for Judy Niemeyer patterns. The quilts are amazing. There are no other words to describe the piecing. Her color choices are phenomenal and her finished top is always flat and square. I don’t think there is anything else I can say about the beauty of her work. I will let the pictures speak for me.
I can only say that the quilting of these tops just proves that simple title: The Art of Quilting!