Friday, 2 November 2012

Rubber gloves

Why haven't any other quilters told me about the wonders of rubber gloves?

When I quilt, typically my forearms and shoulders get all tense and sore from directing the fabric. One evening I got thinking, if rubber gloves are useful for putting on my compression stockings, would they not also be useful for quilting. Voila! Rubber gloves have opened up my world of quilting. Who knew? They provide great traction and are oh so stylish. I casually mentioned the idea to a colleague and she told me that some company actually makes gloves for quilting. Crazy, right? Anyway, I feel like an enlightened quilter now. In fact, I was so inspired that I finished 2 quilts in one week.

This quilt is my first attempt at a "modern quilt" design. I'm not quite sure what that means exactly, but it seems to be a move away from the traditional block quilting and patterns. I have noticed the increased use of negative space, solids instead of prints, asymmetry, and random piecing of fabrics. What I love about modern quilting is having the freedom to piece together fabric for the backing. I think it creates a new dimension for a quilt. Quilting all the "straight" lines as opposed to my typical free motion quilting was challenging, however the rubber gloves made the job a whole lot easier. Next task is to find a suitable recipient for this quilt.

Posted from Paris

Posted from Paris quilt backing