Thursday, June 14, 2012

Linear Thinking - Reveal Day 3

What besides Fear slows me down? Linear Thinking

We should know step 1 before we do step 2.  Well, I already had the background fabric stitched together for use in a Maria O'Haver quilt block - I think it was the Maryland Flag, I had abandoned that project and relgated it to my orphan block box (also known as the land of misfit blocks). As it turns out - I really don't enjoy following patterns, I like the flow of the birth of a new creation.  There is a real artisan skill to following quilt pattern and I admire those who do enjoy it.  But to me, that is work, while creating is play.  I've learned that following a pattern is "recreating" and that's a line I now realize that I'd rather stay on the " birthing a new creation side."

So I was at step 2 - background pieced without a clue what to do - so I thought of lines, and then poof I realized "linear thinking"... Love the irony that "Linear Thinking" was created with circular thinking.  Once I added the binding, I really started to appreciate this little quilt.
  • Paper pieced background *
  • Freezer paper stenciled words!!!
  • Wavy lines Free Motion Machine quilted with YLI London Drizzle

  • Hand stitched both lines on left and scattered seed stitch on right side!!!
  • Bound with a fused strip of fabric - used a plastic ruler to line up the strip so that it was perfectly in line !!! (lining up with ruler gets the !!!)

  * - These steps were done prior to 12x12x12 challenge
!!! - First time I ever did this type of thing

 Linear Thinking
Definition:   a process of thought following known cycles or step-by-step progression where a response to a step must be elicited before another step is taken


  1. All the different kinds of lines really emphasize the theme. I like that. Did you think about quilting over the letters? That might have integrated them in a different way.

  2. I thought about doing a running stitch by hand around them, but first I thought do I stitch around the painted part or the part that the stencil leaves out but that your eye fills in. I find my eye keeps going back to the words in a stark way, and I kinda like that - stitching around letters would add a dimension of texture that might take away from the theme.

    How would you have quilted over the letters? Just ignore them and sew the wavy lines top to bottom (well corner to corner)?

    I'm totally open to hearing anyone's thoughts on any of these...