I mentioned yesterday that I have just gotten home from my annual quilt retreat with Gwen Marston. It was great fun. I visited with friends I have gotten to know over the years. We caught up on families and sewed together.
This year's theme was solid colors. I packed all the solid color fabric I had including the fabrics I had recently ordered. I never know what I will work on while at retreat, so, I also try to take an open mind. I am always amazed at the variety and number of quilts Gwen makes to show each year. She is prolific! I usually try to do several small projects so that I can try working in different techiniques and fabrics. Sometimes it is challenging to work in limited fabrics. I know that if I will continue to work much with solids I will need to have lots of colors and lots of shades even colors that are almost the same to give the quilts more richness and depth. A lot of my fabrics are old and have a gray tone to them, not clear colors.
These pictures were taken yesterday when it was very cloudy and the colors don't look just right to me but here goes.
I learned that I feel very comfortable working on patterns with a grid. I decided to challenge myself to do something without a block base.
I think the quilting will make a big difference in how this looks.
Kona Sample Quilt
Among the fabrics I packed was a stack of 118 five inch squares which was a sample pack of each of the Kona cotton solids I have had about eight years. Since I have the new color card I decided I could use these squares. I simply cut each square in half on the diagonal and flipped one stack of the triangles over. I then sewed two triangles together again. It was completely random. I had to stop myself from choosing which fabrics to put together. After the blocks were sewn and pressed I laid them out in rows in the order they were on the stack. Trying not to over-think things, I did not move them around.
I like the way this one turned out.
I think it is interesting that often what I learn at a workshop or class is not what I expect to learn. I did not learn much in the way of new sewing techniques but I learned a lot about myself and how I approach my projects. I learned new ways of thinking about my design process.