Friday, July 19, 2013

Rolled Mystery Fabric

Every so often it is fun to have a Challenge!
It wakes up the creative juices and makes you think outside the box.

At the beginning of summer I had the pleasure of teaching at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium here in Fayetteville NC.  Part of the symposium was a quilt show and of course vendors.  You can probably imagine that much of the little spare time I had was spent looking at quilts and shopping and chatting with quilting friends and shopping.  On one these excursions I discovered some curious batik fabric remnants.
The remnants were packaged in an enticing roll and I couldn’t wait to take a little peak inside one of the rolls. About 7 small strips of fabric between 3 and 7 inches wide, approximately 1 yard total were in each bundle. -

These were curious little batik treasures - not big enough to make a large quilt, but not too little to make something fun. I bought a few rolls, but only opened one roll and picked out all the rest based on what I saw in the margins of the rolls.
An idea was born - a challenge. 

Make an art piece, landscape or abstract from each of the fabric rolls: 
I must use every one of the fabrics in each bundle.
No exceptions, no substitutions, no additions.
I don't have to use all of the fabric in the roll and there is no size limitation.

I opened the remaining rolls one by one in class one Monday morning after the event and my students and I had great fun just looking what could be made with each roll. 

One roll contained a variety of different reds - no contrasting fabric at all - so my Quilting Class tried to get me to change the rules and make an exception so I would have some contrast - but I decided the original rules should stand and I will have to work with what I have in each roll, even if it turns out looking like ....... 
..........we will see, I might have to save that one for last.

So......  Here is the first piece in the Rolled Mystery Series:

Floating Logs on a River

I made a Landscape, using every piece in the fabric roll.

My textured landscape technique is fun and easy to do and always a bit of a surprise, because not every little detail can be controlled in the creative process. 

It is liberating, fun and a great way to start your week.

I think I met my first challenge in the Rolled Mystery Fabric series.

The Mystery Fabric Saga will continue - so keep checking back in.

Happy Quilting.  Annette

Welcome to my blog!!

I was trying to come up with a special and creative way to bring my new blog into this world, but then after some reflection decided the creative and special way is to just get started. 

A short introduction may be in order for some of you.  I am a quilt designer, teacher, author and proud owner of my own company Southwind Designs, a pattern company with many diverse patterns on the market.  

My patterns use my dimensional curved piecing or Peeled-Back Patchwork techniques:  Straight-line Piecing with Curved Results! which is the title of my book as well.  One of my better known patterns is Mexican Stars and is still a favorite among many quilters.  

When I have a free moment I also like to create Textured Landscapes, a free-form landscape technique I came up with and have been teaching for as many years as I have been designing.

Even though I have been around the quilting block for a while I am just now entering the blog-o-sphere, so please bear with me as I learn and explore this new way of expression.

I sincerely hope you enjoy reading my blog.  I would love to inspire you to unleash your creativity and get started sewing, piecing and quilting!! Enjoy.  Happy Quilting Annette