Free Form Quilting

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Around my house, it’s always a summer triumph to freshen the deck by clearing all of the furniture off of it, washing it, and staining it.

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 While all of the furniture is off of the deck and most of the staining is complete, I wanted to try something I’ve never done before and hand quilt with a blank piece of fabric. With no quilt pattern or design in mind, I’m going to quilt whatever pattern that comes to mind with whatever colors that inspire me each day.

P1150295 I have no idea what this quilt is going to look like when it’s finished.   It may look really cool…just plain interesting…or in the end really weird.   I’m using quilting thread, wool thread, and embroidery thread.  I might pull out my fabric markers and color in some of the spaces…we’ll see!

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This is what I have done so far.

  I came up with this idea from watching a PBS Special Crafts Series a few years ago.  The Gee Bends Quilters were interviewed in a quilting segment and one woman described her free form quilting on a special top.  I’m also feeling a bit rebellious; I don’t want to feel hemmed in with a programmed quilt pattern, with a set goal in mind of when it has to be done, or make something for a client.  I’m taking my fabric and different thread colors and doing it my way!

I’ll let you know what this quilt looks like!

~Molly

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