Monday, 1 December 2014

Things I've learned # 4

This one might seem obvious, but I figure it's worth stating anyway: if you do something once, do it again, then do it again.  

So, if you use a colour, or fabric, once, repeat it. And by extension, if you combine two colours the more times you repeat the combination, the better it will work.  

An example:  when I started Two Hungry Birds I wasn't sure about this brown striped fabric.  I thought it might be too strong a contrast, might jar.


But I decided to stick with it but made sure that I kept looking at how often it was occurring as the quilt grew. I think if you kept the level of repetition right then it acquires a kind of internal logic (if that makes sense), so that almost anything works if you do it just often enough and no more.



When I was making this quilt I had no red at all in my initial fabric pull.


The child for whom it was made requested the red birds in no uncertain terms, so I included it, and then added in the other fabrics with red.  Use it once, use it again.  

I tend to follow the same rule when I'm piecing.  So, if I slice a strip up and add a little bit of something else, then I'll keep on doing it.  If I add a star, I'll probably add another one somewhere along the line.  Annie's quilt is a good example of this.  The first time I put a little slice of red or orange into the vertical turquoise strips it was just a pragmatic way to join two bits and make them long enough, but I went on doing it the whole way through the quilt.


The same thing applies with the stars, the little log cabin blocks, the blunt nosed triangles.


Like I said, do it once, do it again.

I'm linking up with Anything Goes Monday at Stitch by Stitch and Lets Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

14 comments:

  1. Great post, Kaja. Your quilts are always interesting and I enjoy reading your thought process.

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  2. Love your quilts. I adore that bird fabric and I rarely buy fabric. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  3. What a great post. Beautiful quilts, thanks for sharing the brilliance behind them.

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  4. So true about the repeats. It really makes sense when you think about it! Love the second quilt especially. I can't even imagine it without the red.:)

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  5. I love your tops because they are different and not so symetric.... this is something really hard for me to do ;-)

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  6. I really enjoyed reading this post, Kaja. Seeing some of your past works and hearing about the processes you went through is interesting to me. I guess the repeating of your process throughout the work helps the quilt to become balanced. Each of them are beautiful. I love your unique style!

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  7. Gorgeous quilt! Love the design and reading about your process!

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  8. All of the quilts are lovely - but the one at the bottom of your post has me drooling! I just love the Robin's Egg blue with the hits of red here and there....and the design concept is awesome! Love, Love, Love IT!

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  9. What fun quilts! They are so cheerful and visually active (but not jarring or unpleasant). Your methods make for some lovely and unique quilts!

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  10. Lovely quilts, so different and each has lots to look at! I think you are right about repeating those little processes, it really ensures there is balance across the quilt! Linda

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  11. You would never be able to tell that red was a latecomer! Looks good!

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  12. I really like how you support what you say with such beautiful examples.

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  13. Fun quilts. I love the playful layouts. Sometimes I find fabrics that I can't live without live on my stash shelf because I can't figure what to do.

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  14. Oh! My! This is awesome Kaja! Wow do I love those quilts! This is very helpful advice and you showed us just what you meant.

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