My good friend, Katherine, recently shared a Quilting Arts DVD featuring Rayna Gillman, and I was very interested. Rayna whacks up jelly rolls into unrecognizable skinny strips and pieces them back together free-form, the results being very appealing art quilts. I have gobs of scraps and since the skinny strips are mostly 1" or narrower, I pulled out some some of those scraps and got busy cutting. In a planned-scrappy way, I decided to use blues and greens with a few warm colors thrown in as accents. Here's my first attempt (approx. 9" x 12").
Where do I go from here? I don't know. I have a problem with trying to sew too straight and I need to loosen up. I also need to be brave and make skinnier strips. But, that was just a first try, so this morning I cut some more scraps and started putting together more strip sets.
I think I also need to pick up a copy of Rayna's book
Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts!
When I finished the shop sample the other day, I forgot to take it's picture before I hung it in the shop. So, here it is in it's natural habitat. I debated doing something more with the borders, but, because it will probably end up being a class, I decided not to complicate things.