WOW! Wading into a Quilt Along

>> Friday, June 24, 2011

I'm so glad you want to quilt along with me!

Maybe you'll change your mind[s] when you
understand better what I'm planning

Nothing is finalized in my head yet, no dates either{remember, I HAVE to finish THIS first}, BUT, I thought I would let you in on my idea now and see if we can make it better together!

First, I am not thinking traditional quilt along - where I have a pattern all made up and we do it step by step together.

road sign by Eli Kalaani

I'm thinking we all start at the same place and see where we each want to go from there.

Never fear!
I have many {many} ideas to share and will share pretty much step by step for at least 3 different versions of the project I have in mind. {maybe more by the time we actually start!} You can finish in a weekend, make more than one, or take your time.

Second, it's more about going on a Creative Treasure Hunt into techniques and embellishments and media that you may not have gone exploring - if you weren't with your friends!


Here are two different projects I've done in this manner - sort of. I played it pretty safe:)

First, with Cherri House's Little Bouquet Quilt Along.
Still looks like a quilt, but I had freedom in size and quilting and design.
I made it for my sister's 30th birthday and was able to include 30 flowers.
Joy all around! Check out the group flickr pool here.

Second, I felt a little more *artsy* and joined a Make Along.
All different kind of makers using different mediums created something inspired by a poem.

Still looks like quilting/sewing. A little bit more risky with no pattern or ideas to go on.
Really fun and nobody's project looks the same:) Check out the flickr pool here.
Here's how it was introduced.

Somewhere between these two ideas I see my Quilt Along.
{Maybe it needs a better/different name too?}

I already have a phrase to use for inspiration - or directly on the quilt.
I already have 3 ideas for size, layout and design.
I have links for different techniques and quilts for inspiration too.

I want to go on a Creative Treasure Hunt!

This is where I want to grow as a quiltmaker/artist - wait and listen for what else a design wants. I tend to rush this part - get-it-done instead of creating to the end.

Think embellishing with something new - or simply embellishing for the first time.
Embroidery stitches, pieced words, fused words. Beads, free motion quilting, adding other media.
Designing on the fly!

Are you still interested?
Do you have a Creative Technique we could try out on our Expedition?

I would love to be the leader down this path, but it's much more fun to travel in a group!

With Joy,
Sarah Vee


4dreamsr June 25, 2011 at 1:27 AM  

Ok Sarah, I'm listening!

Bobbie June 25, 2011 at 3:18 PM  

Hey Sarah! This is just where I want to go! I'll be waiting with baited breath - I am so in the mood to challenge myself. Looking forward to it.

Debbie June 25, 2011 at 10:49 PM  

Sarah, sounds intriguing. Sounds like fun.

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