Saturday, 25 February 2012

saturday morning

saturday morning (approx 13" x 10")

whenever i want inspiration for a new quilt and to get myself into a mindset of a 'quilter' i often steal my mum's copy of 'nancy crow transitions. it's a big hardbacked whopper of a book, and it's full of nancy's thoughts, notes, sketchbook pages and of course, amazing photographs of her work. it's hugely inspirational and i love to get lost in her quilts.

 for a while now i've wanted to make a purely quilt made from plains, but i've put it off because i'm such a fan of pattern. i design patterns for a (sort of) living, so surely it's 'wrong' to want to do this? so i struggled with starting. i ummed and ahhed over my fabric stash. i couldn't cut into anything, couldn't turn on my sewing machine. i had a plan, an idea for my quilt but i just couldn't start. then quickly, on thursday night, something began to happen...i managed to sew a tiny part of my design (click here)...but then i decided it might be that i was bored of my fabrics. so i went to mum's and went through her stash and stole all her solids. suddenly, my palette had grown 75%. i had options. so i cut and i sewed last night, and this is the result. this morning, i couldn't wait to get up and carry on. this quilt might drive me nuts in the days and weeks to come, but for now, my tummy is fizzy. that means something is working. and no, i don't suffer from irritable bowel.

9 comments:

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nickynackynoo said...

Fantastic. You're so clever!

BLONDEDESIGN said...

This is fab fab fab, no need for patterned fabric when plains are put together like this. Kxx

emma lamb said...

Lu, this is so beautiful... no wonder you're feeling all fizzy!
It seems a wee bit odd to me that you have struggled with quilting only using solids... especailly since this new quilt makes it look like you are painting and designing pattern with fabric pieces themselves!?
Gorgeous, I'm looking forward to watching your progess on this one... :)
Emma, x

Jenny said...

i really enjoy Nancy Crow for inspiration too...sometimes all her hard lines and angles get to me...so seeing your lovely side lumps there really makes me happy!

Flying Blind... said...

Looking great x

Ruby in the Dust said...

this looks very exciting! I've just happened upon your blog through Flickr and I love your designs. Congrats with the Moda line :)

Elena Toledo said...

What's the size of this piece of quilt? It's awesome!!♥

lu summers said...

emily, this piece is about 10 x 6 inches or so at a guess :)

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