Thursday, May 24, 2012

Trying Something New

So far in my quilting I've mostly followed patterns and used yardage. But an ever growing pile of scraps and a need for order brought me to Amazon, hoping to find a solution. I searched for "Modern Scraps" and came up with a few results, one of which was this book, "create your own free-form quilts". It sounded interesting and got good reviews, so I ordered.

Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts

The author of this book Rayna Gillman encourages you to sew, not think, kind of hard for me, but fun to do. She calls it Therapy Sewing, just cut and organize strips and start sewing them together. Try not to think about it too much, just pick quickly.  You sew strips together of any width by trimming them at the same time and then matching them together. There are no rulers used during the initial sewing process.

One interested side lesson has been sewing curved seams, which I've never attempted because it seemed too hard, but the way you piece the curved seams together in this book without perfection and stress, is a great intro to curved piecing without all the pressure. I may actually try that double wedding ring I've been avoiding for years.

So here are a few pictures of my results.
Green palette
variety of strips and cut up UFO blocks

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Love what you are doing and can't wait to see the eventual results!

  2. Thumbs up on these!! I love scrappy blocks and the curved pieces add a lot of interest to these.

  3. I like the idea of this just sewing scraps together..I am currently using up all my scraps of wool to crochet a granny square blanket..have been crocheting it in the sun today. Thats the problem with being arty and crafty in that you tend to save everyting! so I like the idea of sewing all scraps together