I am loving the improvisational piecing in this quilt, which is "Nate's Quilt" from Malka Dubrawski's Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration.
Things I am learning:
- The look might be random, but there's a ton of planning that goes into that look.
- The build might be wonky, but there's a lot of skill that goes into building the wonkiness. (I need to work on this part.)
- There are many degrees of randomness and wonkiness, between quilters and within quilts. (Take a look at Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejniek's Block Party--The Modern Quilting Bee: The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog, & 12 Improvisational Projects for examples.)
Questions I'm considering:
- Can there be too much wonk? (I think the answer is, sometimes, but it can be balanced with similar wonk elsewhere in the same quilt. I had help with this question from a more experienced quilter.)
- Where can I find fabric that is not quilting cotton to quilt and sew with? Linen, silk, good corduroy, wool suiting? (I am not impressed with what I find at the chain stores.) There is one store in our town that carries some of these things, but are there other sources? I am not against ordering online, but I prefer to see and touch what I am buying.
- Where can I find other quilters who are interested in modern quilting? One answer would be to take a class, but I not had good experiences in knitting classes I have taken and worry that a quilting class would be similar. I would rather spend my money on good fabric and books.