I’m going to tackle one of my quilting resolutions this month, though I started the project in December (of 2012, of course. Was there any doubt in your mind?) Along the lines of slow food I’m going to try slow quilting. By this I mean carefully considering a project, planning it, drawing it out, and then sewing it. Please stop laughing.
A friend lent me Gloria Loughman’s Quilted Symphony and I’ve been itching to try her planned approach. All the shapes are drawn on stabilizer and freezer paper, appliqued/paper pieced individually, and then sewn together. It’s a bit similar to Vikki Pignatelli’s technique, but strikes me as less improvisational. As you can see from the picture below, Gloria’s technique is curves friendly.
So when I came across this picture of a mosaic I thought it would be adaptable for a quilt – lots of curved lines, different textures, room for embellishment, etc.
My first step, the only one I’ve done so far, was to trace a picture of the mosaic, grid it, and then expand the drawing using a larger grid. Pre-photo copier days this was about the lowest cost method to enlarge a picture.
Next, I gridded a piece of plain wrapping paper to the size I want my finished quilt to be. Then, I carefully drew my design to the larger scale, using the positioning on my original grid. For my next step I’ll go over my pencil lines with black marker, though I think I’ll mark the bits to be appliqued with red marker. After that I’ll be in terra incognita as I try to create patterns from the individual pieces. And of course I’ll have the fun of creating unique fabrics for the pieces. I can see this will be a long term project.