Autumn 12: Quilts

by The Artist on October 16, 2012

I can’t sew to save my life.

I’ve injured people sewing.  Not just myself (and there was an incident involving seven stitches and my index finger), but also random passers-by.  (My husband took a broken needle to the cheekbone just for standing too close once.  I’m not kidding about injuring people.)

This, however, doesn’t stop me from loving handmade quilts.

There’s just something about patchwork.  It’s homey and handspun, and each of the little squares tells some kind of story.  I drool over art quilts, and the traditional ones just blow my mind.  I’d love to make one of my own, if it wasn’t a sure recipe for disaster — both for the quilt and my person.

So I did what any reasonable person would do, when this prompt came up on my Autumn list:

I made one out of paper.

Most quilts are largely geometric.  (Or, at least, the traditional ones are.  Art quilts..well, all bets are off.  They’re awesomely creative.)  So they’re easy to translate into paper — just cut squares, triangles, rectangles, or strips…and “piece” them back together with gel medium or a glue-stick.  Easy-peasy, and it looks like you spent way more time on them than you did.  Plus, it can use up all those little bits of paper that you’ve been saving from other projects.  Bonus score!

A few pointers:

* This one, above, is a log cabin-esque thing.  All it is is strips, radiating out from the center.  They can get fairly big fairly quick, so cut a few strips and start playing with placement before you start gluing, or it can take over in a hurry.

*  After you’re done, a final coat of gel medium or other fixative will keep them from pulling up.  Because of the teeny little pieces, turning the pages in your book can cause them to de-adhere.  Or at least they did on my page, until I painted over it with medium.

* Using a thin-nibbed pen to make “stitching” lines makes it look more quilty.  Mine was kind of blah until I added those.

* Add at least one zinger color.  (The peachy-pink plaid in mine, for instance.)  It makes everything kind of “pop”.

Your prompt:

Whether you paper-pieced your own quilt on your pages or drew one in, or collaged in a picture — write about your winter linens.  Or winter linens you want.  Or a favorite quilt you had or saw or wish you could have.

You could even go a step deeper and write about what each of the “patches” are in your life, if  you wanted to.  What pieces make up the quilt of your life?

Now, if I could just figure out how to sew without personal injury….

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