Maybe you remember that I was invited to participate in a quilting bee. It’s called Pollen8, and is all taking place on Flickr. We are 8 women, all stitching for each other. The way it works is that each member is assigned a month (mine is November.) At the beginning of a person’s month, she decides on a theme. Themes so far have been Log Cabins, Stripes, and Stars. Then, the person sends little bundles of fabric to each of the 7 other members, who make 3 squares to the person’s specs.
This bee has really been a good way for me to expand my quilting knowledge. I just started quilting (flickr set of my patchwork), and my quilts tend to be very off the cuff…I like to just sit down with a pile of pieces and see what they want to become. I rarely choose a theme before I start. I just like to play with colors and shapes and let the fabric decide. In general I feel like there are so many rules that we have to follow every day, crafting should be freeing and without boundaries. It’s interesting, though, to see how much play there is within a given theme.
Experimentation within a framework. I like that.
I’m considering doing a bargello theme for my month…but maybe it’s asking too much of the other quilters? I want to experiment with it a little bit before deciding. Here’s an example of bargello, in which you first piece long fabric strips in a given order, then cut the strips into narrow segments and re-order them to create a wave of color.
Borrowed from this site: quilt-fashion.com/tag/bargello-quilt/
This bargello quilt is formed from several (20) smaller blocks and is an example of how one could be done in a bee.
I’d expect each of the blocks to be a little bit different. As long as the fabrics are pieced in the same order, the pattern would flow, regardless of the shape or direction of the “wave” in each block.
I really need to play with it a little bit before I decide what to do.