A Backward Glance-A Style Shift

 

Welsh Leaf, Free Motion Quilting

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A BACKWARD GLANCE

Last week I wrote about Diane Gaudynski and how her work inspired me to begin machine quilting--read more HERE.

I learned precision feathers, stippling and grid work and copied her style to the extent that I could.

Then I saw a Welsh quilt in a magazine…

Free Motion Quilting Tutorial, The Welsh Leaf

WELSH QUILTING

The Welsh hand quilting tradition dates between 1850-1930.  Most of the quilters were widows of men who died in the coal mines.  They were amazingly creative, but perfection was not important.

Read more about Welsh Quilting HERE

and be sure to watch Jen Jones describe the history of the quilts HERE.

Her perspective on perfection and quilting is very interesting!
Free Motion Quilting Tutorial, The Welsh Leaf

SHIFTING STYLE and a NEW MOTTO

Once I allowed myself to let go of perfection in machine quilting, I began to have more fun.  The way I worked changed-less time marking and more time stitching.   I allowed myself to doodle on the fabric. Even if the motifs weren’t perfect–they were fun to look at (well, some were…)

Remember my motto:  If YOU have fun while you are quilting, that JOY will be reflected in your quilts!

Try The Welsh Leaf motif HERE

ON COPYING A STYLE

When you first delve into machine quilting, it is necessary to copy a style-that is how you learn.  As you quilt more, YOUR style will evolve. YOU will find a way to work that suits your personality, equipment, and work choices–embrace it!

What about YOU?  Have you noticed a shift in YOUR quilting style?

Have YOU changed how you work over the past five years?

Are there some styles of quilting you have eliminated or embraced?

We’d LOVE to hear!

The Happy Quilter,

Lori

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

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Is Perfection YOUR Quilting Goal? Should it Be?

 

Welsh Leaf--Red on Gray Free Motion QuilitingHappy Friday!  It’s another lovely day in Minnesota. I hope you all are enjoying fair skies and warm weather this week!

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WELSH QUILTING–MY INSPIRATION

The photos today are from a little practice piece I stitched several years ago.  I was inspired by a whole cloth Welsh quilt I found in a magazine.

The Welsh quilting tradition which reached it’s height before World War II was primarily hand quilted and is gorgeous because it is NOT PERFECT–which gives it character.

Welsh quilting has greatly influenced my quilts…while I prefer machine quilting, I definitely embrace:

PERFECTION IS NOT THE GOAL

Welsh Leaf, Free Motion Quilting

 

Try The Welsh Leaf Free Motion Quilt Tutorial and see The Quilt I Almost Threw Away-A Welsh inspired quilt for more.

What about YOU?  What style of quilt is YOUR inspiration right now?

Would YOU enjoy quilting a little more if you weren’t always striving for perfection?

I’d love to hear!

Lori

PS…Google or perform a Pinterest Search: “Welsh Quilting Images”  for more ideas…

PS…All images, tutorials and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin, share, tweet, etc. with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!