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.
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