|Bias Petal Play by Marion Shimoda, 2014, 36.5"x36.5"|
In January 2014, I heard from my friend Kristin Shields that Sherri Lynn Wood was looking for test quilters for her book, the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. I wasn't familiar with Sherri Lynn and not clear on what improv or modern quilting was, but thought it would be fun to be a tester.
The timeframe for making the quilt was a bit ambitious for me. To improve the chances of finishing the quilt in time, I decided to limit the size of my quilt and palette of colors.
The finished quilt minimum size was at least 36" square. My target was 36" - 40" square.
For bias strips I wanted variation, but few fabrics, to simplify the decisions to be made later when using the bias strips. Bias strips were made from a single piece of fabric designed by Katie Pasquini Masopust for Marcus Brother Textiles, Inc..
White and green fabric was chosen for the petals and neutrals for the background.
Each petal was assembled separately. During the process of constructing the petals, I cut into and appliqued colored wedge inserts into the three white petals. Sherri Lynn's hints for addressing challenges with using bias strips for curved piecing were very helpful. The resulting petals looked good to me.
Next, the petal sections were pieced together.
I had planned to make the petals meet at the center as in my sketches, but as I was piecing them together they wanted to move apart. I added strips and bits of color between the petals using methods I learned from studying with Gwen Marston (Liberated Quilting) and Jean Wells as I moved the petals apart.
|Ready to quilt|
|Patches of color added to the edges|
|Thin white binding|
|Little bits of wool applique on the tips of the petal inserts|
Being a test quilter was a challenging and educational experience. It was a good chance try something different while applying techniques and methods I use in my work. I learned some new techniques and that I am an improvisational quilter.
Thank you Sherri Lynn for the opportunity to participate as a test quilter for your book. I am enjoying seeing the quilts and reading about the experiences of others making quilts based on the scores in the book. I look forward to exploring the scores and using the techniques presented in the book and encourage others to join me in doing so.
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