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Oranga Finished yet?

Monday, September 21, 2015

When I started this a few years ago, I didn't really fully understand the new ideas around "Modern Quilts." I did know I liked it. Something around the randomness and solitude in solid colors can be mystical. I set off to learn about modern quilting like many of you did also.

So I just started where I was, with my own vision of what Modern Quilts were and went forward. To me going forward was like making 'crazy quilts' in solid colors or random squares and rectangles. I didn't really try to align my thinking with others or practice with any modern patterns.

I've named this quilt "Oranga Finished Yet?" because its been hanging around in various stages since 2010 or so, I started with random solid green, lime green and various orange prints, but soon its took on a real Halloween kind of feel. I quickly diverted on another path and out came the rotary cutter!


I rely on my instincts in quilting. I rarely allow myself to see the end of a project before I start it. Do you use your own intuition and instincts about your own play in textiles?


 I ask myself if its "Organic first."  I always feel like I'm letting someone down when I don't see out the organic first because I do know that soil is on the line in our global community, did you know that?

Soil is important to life itself and to our continued fun playing with textiles.

 I don't know, is it just me or a quilter do you care about how the cotton is grown or harvested? Or is it about cost or availability more important?

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Thank you in advance?

9 comments :

  1. I love the name of your quilt and I adore the colour palette. Like you, I follow my instincts when quilting.

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    1. Excellent Jo, I love to play and feel the freedom to make a mistake, not like it and then cut it up and take the pieces another direction. Its called Freeform Piecing. Thanks for your input!

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  2. I love modern quilts. I love their bold color and unique designs. I took the survey, but didn't answer the first question because I never gave it a thought. When I buy fabric, I usually purchase the best quality I can, and buy what catches my eye. I have never thought about checking to see how or where the cotton is grown. This is interesting....how would one know how to find out how the cotton is grown?

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    1. Carol, I first started learning about organic food and textiles when I had a retail shop serving all natural food for people, pets and the soil. Then I discovered the variety of ways that textiles are consumed with chemicals in the total processing from the simple fibre to the cotton we love so much. I urge you to learn more as it makes us better informed consumers and our choices affect the manufacturing process. Thanks so much for your honest response!!

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  3. I use my own instinct-some designs are known from first thought, some are designed step by step, I design more in pictorial than graphic but so admire graphic designs as this. Was the pieced border a design element from the beginning of Oranga?

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    1. No, Oranga started out as piecing in a modern fashion of random cuts, only colors picked out. I love the freedom of just going for it. Thanks for all your comments, I appreciate it.

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  4. I'm not a 'quilter' per se so my design process is probably much different. I tend to just leap off the bridge and hope for the best. Sometimes I drown and sometimes I fly. Fortunately I don't much care which it is - I just enjoy the process.

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  5. I like your take on modern! Yes intuition is what drives my quilting. I love listening to the fabric and to myself and to see where we take each other.

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    1. Hi Sarah, thanks for commenting on my little blog. I love listening to music, but if I want to tune out, I turn on the radio and CBC usually lets me go to my happy place!

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