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(Not so) Mellow Yellow

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The story of the seven year quilt!

Back in 2009, when Flickr was still where it was all happening (remember Flickr, sob), and there were modern quilting groups having quilt alongs and swaps and challenges, way back then,  I belonged to a Munki Munki quilt along group. I started some log cabin blocks as part of a quilt along and wanted to use as many of the fabrics I had n my stash at the time as I could.

Then I stopped.

My process then was different, my confidence was non-existent and I just felt like my work would never live up to the beautiful work I was seeing in the Flickr group. I was yet to find my quilting bliss and realise that I did not need to be the same as others, I needed to work through that and find my own space. Trying to re-create the style of others was holding me back. So I put these blocks away.

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 11.06.55 amI loved the little Munki Munki centres of these log cabins and the blocks told a story about the state of my fabric loves at the time so they got stashed away on the “to-do” shelves.

Then my baby sister was going to turn 18 in 2012 so I pulled them out. At that time, her favourite colour was yellow so I bought yardage of an Art Gallery Pure Elements solid, I think the colour is Canary, and started sashing the blocks. Her favourite colour is yellow. Mine, not so much. To be honest, I was not at all confident that I was making a good decision with the yellow. So I put it away.

Then she was turning 21 in 2015. I was determined to gift the quilt to her for her 21st so I sucked on the lemon and finished the quilt top. But I still wasn’t happy with it. And, you guessed it, I put it away. Again.

Then one day, earlier this year, I pulled it out while doing a studio re-organise and all of a sudden I loved that quilt. I loved how much it said about my quilting journey and I loved how much it made me think of my sister. The yellow now made me crazy happy and felt like a big whack of sunshine in the day. I had an overwhelming urge to finish it right away!

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Seven years in the making, so much love and life has passed in that time, hope you (still) love yellow as much as I now do my dear, dear baby sister. XXOO


The quilt :: Improv Log Cabin
Size :: 73″ 73″
Fabrics :: A sampling of my stash from 2008-2015; Art Gallery Pure Elements (possibly Canary)
Backing :: Art Gallery print purchased circa 2012
Batting :: Matilda’s own 100% Cotton
Binding :: Cotton & Steel current print
Quilting :: by Heidi

 

New Quilt Pattern Release – after a little kick along!

Kite Tail Tango Full Shot Procrasticraft

Kite Tail Tango

Last week I had an email from Sonja about one of my classes. She wanted to know when I was next teaching improv triangles. With my new venture, The Creative Retreat, coming up so soon and a trip to Salt Lake City for Quilt Market before then, I’ve not scheduled any extra classes on top of my beginners courses at my LQS, Addicted to Fabric.

Sonja wanted to know if she couldn’t do a class, perhaps I had a pattern or technique sheet she could buy… Well, I did. I do! Only, I’ve not sold my patterns as a stand alone before – I use them in the classes I teach but have never really got to listing them for sale – the whole pdf vs paper pattern debate had me stumped. Thanks to a prompt, I’ve just listed two patterns for sale in my online store. Both Kite Tail Tango and Quilt the Universe are available now. Thanks Sonja for prompting me to get going on this!

Procrasticraft Quilt the Universe

Quilt the Universe

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#improvlogcabins :: today’s class

 

Alison

I’ve had such an incredible day today teaching my improv log cabin class. Tonight I am feeling so energised. And so very humbled.

I am grateful (beyond my ability to articulate) to be doing this job – to go into a workshop where a group of people allow me to guide them through a day of making. They put their faith in me and my process. And they like it. They love it. Awesome huh? And I know they love it because they say so. I get some lovely, genuinely lovely, feedback – private emails and public posts where a participant makes a comment about my teaching style that makes me cry crazy happy tears (and the Mr looks at me like I have two heads).

Patrise Cecilia Cornelia Leonie

Generally, I don’t teach from a pattern or from notes. I’m an improv girl through and through. Don’t get me wrong, I will spend an incomprehensible number of hours writing a class, prepping samples, planning out the day’s schedule and timings – before you get to a class with me, I’m familiar with my process and the plan beyond doubt. But you know, there’s only so far planning can take you.

Nicole

I do all this prep so that when you come to a class with me, we can wing it together. If we are collaborating on your quilt and you want to follow a path, I’ll walk beside you and we will both go on a journey we weren’t necessarily expecting but one I’m more than ready for, a journey where I’ve made the bookings, packed for all contingencies but am ready and willing for adventure! (just how I travel in real life too – I pack and plan but open myself to possibility).

Beth

Today (and every time I teach) I had an expectation of where we might go and as usual, we ended up with ten very different pieces of work. And this is my one of my favourite parts of my process – that you all have very different quilts from the same class, your ideas, mixed with mine equals an output greater than either of us expected on our own, we are creating together.

Thank you! Thank you for trusting me and for allowing me to participate in your making journey

Julie H

Kristy

Tracy, I’m sorry, I somehow missed getting a pic of your work, please email me one if you get a chance. Jules xx