My class project incorporates strips of fabric sewn together by my Tutu (hawaiian grandmother), fabric Mom used to make a shirt for my brother when he was a boy, and modern fabrics pieced by me into "liberated" blocks using Gwen's techniques. Freddy and Gwen guided and encouraged the evolution of this quilt.
It is wonderful to be incorporating the fabric strips and the fabric from my childhood... and a bit of myself and the fabrics and designs I enjoy today ... into a single project. Now I realize that mixing old and new elements together to create special and delightful quilts is something I've wanted to do for quite some time, but I couldn't figure out how to do it.
This picture shows a couple of Tutu's long strips, some liberated star blocks, green and orange 4-patch and 9-patch blocks, a liberated house block, and a stack of blocks from a class taken last summer. (Behind my design board is a magnificent large stone fireplace and a stack of wood.) I was very skeptical about what was possible given this collection of "parts".
By the end of the day, things were looking a little better as the first three rows were sewn together. But still, I wondered at the randomness and a the row of green and orange to come. How could that possibly work?
It was amazing to see all the different projects come together throughout the room. Great diversity and personality. People came from all over and with all sorts of different quilting interests and backgrounds. Fascinating stories and delicious quilts.