Here’s the thing. There really are rules to follow. And there really are rules to be broken.
To me, one of the wonderful aspects of any art or craft is taking the wildness of creativity and mixing it with the rules of skill. Notice I did not say taming it with the rules of skill.
Understanding the medium, the tools used, and the variety of desired outcomes means knowing how to bend all of those to the will of creativity. One may begin by bending inspiration to skill in the process of learning, but eventually, the goal can be the other way around.
Enter Patty Murphy, author of recently released Piecing Makeover: Simple Tricks to Fine-Tune Your Patchwork from C&T Publishing. This book is an excellent source for everyone from less experienced quilters to those who have been around the block a few times. It addresses basic construction as well as how to deal with precision issues. In other words, it gives all the rules, which in the end, gives all the freedom.
Speaking of freedom, how about a bit of improvisational quilting with Patty? No, I am not confused. Yes, I did just talk all about rules and block construction and avoiding issues, and yes, it does lead to improv.
I am really excited to host Patty at The Green Apricot Studio on December 3, 2016 for a workshop on her quilt, “Yes Ma’am!” We’ll be exploring both improv and precision piecing, and talking about how to have quilt tops that extend into boarders. We’ll discuss some of the pitfalls and how to avoid them. And best of all, we’ll bust some of our stash while we are at it.
And we’ll find out the story behind the name of this quilt. Because I really want to know.
From Piecing Makeover: “Patty Murphy has been sewing since she was six years old. The first thing she recalls making is a pink-and-white seersucker pillow with the word Dad crudely embroidered on it as a gift for her father on Father’s Day. Fortunately for everyone, her sewing and quilting have greatly improved since then, and so has her gift giving.
Patty loves to share her craft with anyone that will listen, and she teaches regularly at Intown Quilters in Decatur, Georgia, so she can share her knowledge and support her fabric obsession. Her work has been featured in several books, on the websites of major fabric manufacturers, on blogs, and in magazines, including an original quilt design for Intown Quilters that was featured on the cover of the Spring 2007 Quilt Sampler magazine.”