Thursday, October 22, 2009

It doesn't need to be square

     I  purchased a beautiful hand-dyed fabric pack from a blogger (friend of a last week. I have long admired her solids and fell in love with the process she uses at the end of this summer to achieve very solid colors. As I cut into the packet, I dreamed of creating the same type of quilt that she does: clean, simple lines but strong design. But....I just couldn't achieve the same product.

     I started out with the intention of large solid shapes, minimal lines and, of course, strong design. But , my strip sets kept getting cut into smaller and smaller pieces. And my design was re-arranged many times on my design wall. As my frustration was building , a few words from my daughter :" Mom , you know that a quilt doesn't always need to be square." Ahh- the insight of children! Vertical is what it evolved into and she was right.  A quilt doesn't need to be square. As much as I admire others, I just need to be myself when I design.

Just the top!


  1. I love how you've mixed large shapes with small! Great work! I'm glad to see the fabric in use! -Robin

  2. Yes, that is just what I was going to say: the contrast of big and small shapes is what really works. And also the way the bigger shapes of blue are spread around the top.I like the placement of red also. It is beautiful Colleen!