I bring to you my Scrappy entry into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, as it is my favourite finished quilt in the last 6 months. It is inspired by the African American improvisational block pattern called Housetops. It works similarly to a Log Cabin block, but worked corner to corner rather from center out. And, with it being improv, you can go mental. I’m not sure if I went completely mad, but I tried my best at it. I did get lots of pattern into this quilt though. The objective was for it to be heavy on the patterns and contrasts: I think it worked quite successfully.
Have you ever seen the Quilter’s of Gee’s Bend giving demonstrations on their improvised scrap piecing method? It consists of a bucket full of scraps that get picked out and sewn in one swoop. They don’t even look at the right side of the fabric, it just gets eaten by the machine without hesitation. They may aswell be blind.
Yet somehow, the quilt still looks good. I don’t know how they do it. Whenever I try and recreate this method of spontaneous scrapping, I become super aware of the fact that I am not blind. Consistently, improv quilting is the only activity that triggers a desire to become so. If I weren’t so picky, if I weren’t so sighted! Oh how much easier this task would be!
Until that blessed day arrives I’ll just carry on nit-picking my way through my scrap bucket, turning the lights on low, and occasionally squinting to make things look like they could cohabit a quilt, for ever and ever.