Saturday, 28 April 2012

Certificate Module 2 Chapter 7: A Little on Account Part 2

Traditional Piecing Methods

Second Stage - Fabric Samples

I don't know whether it was the mood I was in or the technique itself, but I found log cabin terribly tedious and boring to do.  I couldn't come up with anything interesting to do with it.  I did a few samples, but I don't really like them.  Patchwork is something I don't really like so I have struggled with this chapter.  I found my interest increase when I started on the Seminole work.  I loved the surprise element of it.  I haven't done many samples yet, but I'll carry on with this, incorporating the ideas of decorating seams from the next chapter.

A - Log Cabin
2.7.A6
2.7.A7
2.7.A8



B - Seminole

2.7.B6 "right" side



2.7.B6 the reverse side
2.7.B7 the "right" side

2.7.B7 the reverse side

 I found the Seminole work much more interesting.  In 2.7.B7 I was fascinated by how interesting the little bits of pattern were.  Seminole always gives a surprise when it is finished.  The reverse side of both samples gave me a taste of how much the next chapter could add to the interest with experimental seams.  Although I have had time for only two samples so far, my imagination has caught fire with all the ideas sparked off.  Some ideas I'd like to try are:-
  • Interpret the marks on the light coloured squares in 2.7.B7 in stitch instead of print
  • Try some samples with some seams going one way, some the other
  • Interpret my "squiggly lines with circles" from my original sea anemone drawing using seminole patchwork for the squiggly lines (as shown in 2.7.B5 and 2.7.B6) with stitch for the circles
  • Try combining seminole for the squiggly lines with yo-yo patchwork for the circles.
I found a book in my local library on Japanese Quilt Blocks.  It seems to go with the Shibori earlier.  It had a section on Sashiko, which would be great to use as inspiration for the stitching on fabrics to come in later chapters.  I'm starting to feel a definite Japanese theme starting here.

These ideas should keep me busy for a while.  Watch this space ...

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for your kind comments Catherine! The fabrics you are working your patchwork in are beautiful and spur me on to finish Module 1. The last patchwork I attempted was 'Crazy' with lots of scope for creativity - doesn't the log cabin variety have to be very precise to make it all fit? Hope you find some inspiration...

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  2. Thanks Amanda. Yes, the precision of log cabin is what I don't like. I enjoyed making the patterned fabrics. The dyeing was exciting, but I really loved doing print and monoprint on fabrics. In fact I think I'll go back and do some more now I see how well they work in patchwork.

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