Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Strips and Curves

Gerrie posted about her great experience with Louisa Smith last week. She also posted some in-progress pictures of her strips and curves quilt. Hey look! I made one too.

I took a class from Louisa in 2003 when I lived in Florida. She was delightful. She is so enthusiastic about her particular technique and I learned a lot. Here's the strata I started with before class.



And here's the finished quilt. Not a great picture. Oh well. I gave it to my sister and brother-in-law as a wedding gift. I really like it. I especially like that one circle that creeps over the border on the left.



Here's the label. I made up some stuff about how lines and circles are like a marriage.



Are you interested in this technique? You can be the proud owner of this book and template set. I'll give you a superfantastic deal. Just click on my email address under my picture on the right if you're interested. (Hey look at the camera reflection in the templates. Arty!)



You know how once you've done something and really explored it through and through, you're ready to let it go? I don't think I'll make another strips and curves quilt. But I will always have the skills and ideas that I developed while making it. Plus, Matt and Joanna like the quilt hanging on their wall. Everyone wins!

7 comments:

Sonji Hunt said...

Pretty, pretty. Curves are VERY hard. I"m totally not interested in trying this, but admire everyone else's accomplishments. The colors that you used are gorgeous.

Gerrie said...

Very nice! Mary Monahan made a lovely one,too, but she did it from the book which I would find daunting!!

Deb R said...

What Sonji said. Not something I think I'd do myself (although never say never!) but I love seeing yours and Gerrie's and others.

debra said...

I sold my book and templates at a quilting thrift shop last year (yeah.. can you believe a quilting thrift shop??). I keep thinking I want the templates though... (why?? who knows?)...

I should take a picture of my strips and curve...

Sarah Ann Smith said...

Gorgeous colors.....funny, I just uploaded a picture of strips I cut on Saturday at AQM (Art Quilts Maine) for my log cabin! Must be a strippy kind of day in Maine.....

Mrs. Mel said...

Curves are not hard if you fuse them. Since this is a wall hanging, there is no reason not to fuse the fabric, cut it into strips and fuse them together to form new striped fabrics and then cut the shapes with the templates and be done in no time.

We fusers have no patience with seam allowances.

Lisa Call said...

Cutting and piecing curves is actually quite simple. I cut them freehand for a more free look. No need to add seam allowance if you are doing just partial circles. Only for full circles do you need to add the seam allowance.

I pieced together an 80"x80" quilt based on many many circles in a single day. I'll post pictures of it on my blog soon. I want to replace a section and hopefully will have a chance to do that this weekend.