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Cereal Box Cool Quilts

Monday, January 2, 2012

Over the holidays, I read through various quilting magazines as I usually do when kicking back and sipping tea while the snow falls outside. It hit me like a ton of bricks, I was left with a profound feeling of the "sameness" in each magazine.  For a look at some awesome new patterns from my friend Laurraine, click the link below.


The sameness I speak of is the constant over use of single collections in each pattern. Do you know what I mean?

I see this as "homogenization" in our global quilting arts community. But do we all want to be the same, look the same, feel the same and behave the same way? I dare say that we don't want that.

I recommend creating without a pattern. I'm writing several tutorials and individual posts on creating without a pattern for future posts, stay tuned!

Lets start at the beginning shall we. Making quilts began with simple tools.

How do you do that?


You can and should reuse cereal boxes for templates. Make you own stick men or simple drawings and then make the major concepts into individual templates. Like using the box below.

Making a quilt without a pattern starts with simple stuff like graph paper, pencil, eraser, school ruler. You can decide to make a table runner or larger right on your paper. Just like what you'll see below.


 Going without a pattern causes a 'stir' inside you, you become excited, even breathless as you actually let go of the constraints of someone else's design. Go forth my friends and make plenty of quilts from your own mind!

Using a cereal box template is free and its recycled. Yeh for recycling, do more of it and you'll feel better about the world around you. Remember, I made the decision to not buy anything new this year! I intend to use up what I have in my stash or at least make big dent in it!

Below, I've simply reused a cereal box,which is excellent weight cardboard for making any template.
I'm  making hexagons for a new apron I'm working on.




This hexagon in white is the version taken from my selection at the link above for free, then I've simply temporarily tacked with a spot of glue to the cereal board and taken my quilting ruler and drawn a line exactly 1/4 in. from the edge of the while hexagon or you can simply cut with a rotary cutter and you've made your first template!


 I recommend marking the size of your hexagon template, you can make as many as the largest size of your cereal  board.


This project is a challenge from our last Telkwa Stitcher's Retreat back in November. We did a fun little fabric exchange and this will become my finished item using the 'ugly' fabric that we exchanged.

You can also make circles from cereal board or just about anything else that you want!

Below is my hexagon table runner made in 2004, hand pieced and hand quilted.

Don't forget, upcoming posts will be some tutorials and lessons to work along with or not. Doing things the old fashioned way sometimes gives you the best  results for an original quilt, that doesn't look like everyone else's. Just think 

"Non-homogenized for me"


You go girl, quilt still your heart's content and be original!~

Take care, thanks for dropping by and reading my  blog, its so nice to have visitors!

2 comments :

  1. I absolutely love, LOVE your color choices here! Really beautiful!

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    1. This project was a joy to work on and I think the joy comes through in the colors, attention to detail and slow quilting. We all need more down time and this is how I get it.
      Thanks for dropping by!
      Carli

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