Modern Quilting- A Little Like Picaso-

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Three Musicians by Pablo Picaso, 1921. Image from spreadlove.com

Pablo Picaso.  He’s been on my mind a bit the last couple of days.  I’m sure you’re familiar enough with his work to easily believe that the above image is one of his works.  But, would you recognize the following also as being one of his?

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The Communion by Pablo Picasso, 1895-96. Image from abcgallery.com

He painted that one when he was fifteen.  Please tell me you are “wowed” by that.  Both of them.

So, what does Picaso have to do with modern quilting?  A lot, if you ask me.  For instance, I’ve been quilting for over 21 years, and while I am not as skilled at quilting as Picaso was at classical painting, I know enough to get by.  Yet these days I often have weeks like this past one.  I start off working on something that looks like this…

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Shirts by Carolyn Friedlander. Click pic for link to my post about this project.

And then I shift over to something that looks like this…

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Modern Medallion by twolittleaussiebirds. Click pic for link to purchase this pattern.

Or vice versa.  Starting to get my point?  I love this about modern quilting.  It is just another interpretation of something that’s been done a certain way for an awfully long time.  Kinda like Picaso.

So, I’ve already posted about the All Shirts Swap on this blog, and technically, I’ve already posted about working on the center of the Modern Medallion Quilt Along, but just not on this blog.  Instead, I hijacked guest posted on Schnitzel & Boo about how Kristi and I put together our center blocks.  However, the pics posted there are her quilt, and of course, I want to show mine.

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Click on the pic for a link to my post on SchnitzelandBoo.com

This is such a fun quilt to make, and I am loving the processes involved so far.  I am also loving seeing how different quilters are interpreting the directions and design.  You’ll have to check out the post on both Two Little Aussie Birds and Schnitzel and Boo.  Both have loads of info about the quilt along, and a great kind of link-up party.  Enjoy!

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Don’t fall to pieces- we’re almost done!

All laid out and ready to roll- don't forget not to turn on the ceiling fan!  This is the version of Houndstooth by V & Co that I am making for a set of twins.  This is the one for baby girl.  Baby boy's quilt has the greys switched around, making his a darker quilt, and mint green in place of the peach.  I've already pieced baby boy's quilt, and now it is time for baby girl's!

All laid out and ready to roll- don’t forget not to turn on the ceiling fan! This is the version of Houndstooth by V & Co that I am making for a set of twins. This is the one for baby girl. Baby boy’s quilt has the greys switched around, making his a darker quilt, and mint green in place of the peach. I’ve already pieced baby boy’s quilt, and now it is time for baby girl’s!

Unless I am working on a project that required row piecing, I actually really prefer to piece my quilts in sections.  I find that I am better able to maintain accuracy this way.  You can see here how I have pieced this top in sections, starting with smaller units and building up to larger ones.

Unless I am working on a project that required row piecing, I actually really prefer to piece my quilts in sections. I find that I am better able to maintain accuracy this way. You can see here how I have pieced this top in sections, starting with smaller units and building up to larger ones.

Using this method means I only have one especially large seam (usually right down the middle, or thereabout) to deal with, which makes me happy!

Using this method means I only have one especially large seam (usually right down the middle, or thereabout) to deal with, which makes me happy!

Finally- my tops are both pieced!  Amazing how much smaller quilts are from when you lay them out on the design wall to when they are all put together!

Finally- my tops are both pieced! Amazing how much smaller quilts are from when you lay them out on the design wall to when they are all put together!

Firstly, I cannot turn this pic to the correct position no matter what I do.  You'll just have to turn your head or your screen or whatever.  Loving technology at this moment. Secondly, I love rulers.  I can't even tell you how much I love rulers.  I love this ruler, the Folded Corner Clipper by Prairie Sky Quilting.  I don't actually know for sure what particular project it was created for, if there even is one, but it cuts a perfect 45 degree angle.  I use it most often for piecing binding, like in this photo.  I also love The Binding Tool by The Quilters Mercantile Inc.  It takes a minute to get the hang of it, but once you do, it's fabulous.

Firstly, I cannot turn this pic to the correct position no matter what I do. You’ll just have to turn your head or your screen or whatever. Loving technology at this moment.
Secondly, I love rulers. I can’t even tell you how much I love rulers. I love this ruler, the Folded Corner Clipper by Prairie Sky Quilting. I don’t actually know for sure what particular project it was created for, if there even is one, but it cuts a perfect 45 degree angle. I use it most often for piecing binding, like in this photo. I also love The Binding Tool by The Quilters Mercantile Inc. It takes a minute to get the hang of it, but once you do, it’s fabulous.

You are probably going to get sick of hand binding pictures.  I can't help it.  I really enjoy doing it, so I have to show it.

You are probably going to get sick of hand binding pictures. I can’t help it. I really enjoy doing it, so I have to show it.

Here's an interesting problem that comes up from time to time- especially on white or black fabrics.  When the fabric is being manufactured, occasionally a stray thread from a previous run flies around the room and ends up getting woven into the new run.  It's not a flaw- it's just something that happens.  Kind of like finding a little piece of stem in a can of green beans.  Anyway, this little blue guy doesn't belong, so I just carefully pick it out using the same needle I am sewing the binding on with.

Here’s an interesting problem that comes up from time to time- especially on white or black fabrics. When the fabric is being manufactured, occasionally a stray thread from a previous run flies around the room and ends up getting woven into the new run. It’s not a flaw- it’s just something that happens. Kind of like finding a little piece of stem in a can of green beans. Anyway, this little blue guy doesn’t belong, so I just carefully pick it out using the same needle I am sewing the binding on with.

You can see where I have pulled the stray thread, however, it will just about disappear after the quilt is washed.  No matter how you look at it, this little spot is way less noticeable than the blue thread that I removed.

You can see where I have pulled the stray thread, however, it will just about disappear after the quilt is washed. No matter how you look at it, this little spot is way less noticeable than the blue thread that I removed.