Method to my madness…

So, I think I feel like I might be starting to get the hang of this quilting thing…

(Could I qualify that statement any more???)

I feel like ideas and designs are starting to click in my head and that I am getting closer to making the quilts I want to be making. This has a lot less to do with external validation than the little voice in the back of my head that is always talking to me. But, a little external validation never hurts…

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My second magazine quilt just came out, this time in the new issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. I think this is the one that really helped to put some things into place in my head, not just in terms of technical stuff. I think I started to get a better feel of how to translate the concepts, issues, or references in my head into quilts, to move into a more conceptual stage with my making…

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This one is called Method (you can find it here on the Quick Quilts site). It is based on recollections of the Methodist church I grew up going to. think all of the Methodist churches built in that era had a unique architectural style, kinda like the Brady Bunch meets church, with 70s modernism colliding with flying buttresses, and stained glass windows designed by the same people who made string art…

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While I am not a religious man — heck I am a devout atheist if anything — I’m pretty sure that church had an enormous impact on my aesthetic life. It just seems to go with Flock, which may explain why I am so drawn to using triangles in my Flock quilts. This is the actual church I went to when little; see the resemblance???

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Anyway, so excited about this one. Even more excited to get it back so we can start sleeping under it…

Yay quilts!!!

-T

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10 Responses to Method to my madness…

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    Rae says:

    Glad to know my brain isn’t the only one that has always thought that about those churches (I don’t think it was just Methodist, either. My childhood AOG church and a fair number of Lutheran ones I’ve been too have that same aesthetic).

    Congrats on your second magazine quilt!

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    SarahB says:

    Love this quilt! I’ll make sure to pick up this issue!

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    This looks even better on the bed! I know what you mean about the internal voices… if they ain’t happy, it is really hard for the rest to be happy. I love the simplicity and how the negative space works together… very nice!

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    marian mccormick says:

    I too feel as if your getting the hang of it. I really love this new quilt and look forward to getting that issue of McCalls.

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    Tammy says:

    I had forgotten all about those string art pictures!! My parents had them hanging in the living room. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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    I love the quilt! Great job.

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    collette says:

    I love the simplicity of this quilt! It really does look great and I love the design concept and ideas behind it. I totally get it! Enjoy London a great time to be going with all the Olympic hype. I am north of the border in Scotland!

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    Mary ann says:

    Love the triangles and I can see the resemblance!

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    ldpaulson says:

    A Methodist-inspired quilt? Who’d’ve guessed it! My childhood church — built in that same era — was all about circles. The old building with the Sunday schools was decidedly linear, but then it was semi-attached to this odd round building with a crazy roof/steeple configuration.

    That is to say, if you decide to work on Method II, let’s talk.

    Can’t wait to see the pattern and magazine!

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    ldpaulson says:

    oh … p.s. how does one who is the keeper of dogs justify making quilts with light backgrounds? i love, love, love the clean, modern aesthetic in many quilts like this, but white and little dogs … or *ta-da!* a brainstorm! does this simply give one carte blanche to make more quilts blanche?! -ldp

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