a new direction.

IMG_4241 (1)Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction I’d like to take my quilting. I think as a new quilter it was important for me to stick to traditional ideas while trying to give them a modern twist, either through fabric selection or by altering block sizes.

But as I think about the types of quilts that I’m really attracted to, they are the quilts that scare me as a maker. Sometimes I think I’m so afraid of messing up or disappointing myself that I don’t try. And I make another quilt that is comfortable to me.

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That’s where this quilt comes in. If you’ve followed this blog from the beginning (and not many have — except for you, Michelle!) you’d recognize this Charley Harper quilt and the many, many, many variations it’s had over the past year.  I finally settled on this design after much trial and error.

I hope that this quilt marks a transition for me. It still has traditional blocks. But it forced me to really push myself, in order to improv piece the tree design. The tree is the symbol of where I’d like to go. I’m not sure how bumpy of a process it will be to get where I’m going. But I’m nervously excited about the things in my head that I’d like to create.

Do you feel like your techniques and aesthetic have evolved since you first started quilting? Please tell me I’m not alone in this quilter/maker identity crisis! Ha!

New Bees Hive Page

In other news, I’m participating in the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers blog hop. This year we’ve been broken down into four groups (“hives”). I’m a member of Cheryl@ Meadow Mist Designs‘ hive, and we are calling ourselves the New Bees (get it, newbies! ha!). I’m looking forward to learning more about all of these great new bloggers, and sharing a little about myself as well! Be sure to check ours and all of the other hives (hosted by Yvonne@ Quilting Jet Girl, Stephanie@ Late Night Quilter, and Teri Ann@ Childlike Fascination) out!

Linking up with Finish it Up Friday! Have a great weekend, everybody!

19 Comments

  1. This is so lovely! I really like your take on mixing traditional blocks with the improv and really graphic tree. I’m not familiar with Charley Harper but I’m going to have to check out his work cause if that’s where you drew the inspiration for this design then I think I need some of his inspiration for a project I’m struggling with right now. So glad to have you participating in the New Quilt Blogger’s hop!

  2. Yes, yes — I am a different quilter now than I was just 12 months ago. Sure, I have honed my skills and added to my repertoire, but I am willing to take more risks — with improvisation, color, movement.

    I started reading Sherri Lynn Wood’s book today, and I really like her approach to “mistakes.” I encourage you to embrace challenges, stay curious, celebrate the happy accidents — they’re all a part of creating amazing work. This quilt has been a long time coming, but maybe its journey needed to be longer than others. : )

  3. Afton

    You’ve gone out on a limb with this quilt, eh? Sorry about the pun but considering you can find the humor in the “New Bees”/newbies, I assume you’ll pardon me. Your tree layout is clever and funky. Good for you, breaking from your comfort zone.

  4. I think it’s perfectly normal to want to push the envelope once you’ve gotten lots of the technique and principles down pat. It helps keep things interesting and exciting. I love your CH tree and can’t wait to see more of what you come up with!

  5. Wow, this quilt just blows me away! I love the way you’ve used the tree as a reference to your new direction in quilting. Being a newbie, I completely understand where you’re coming from as you bravely begin to branch out. I’m still taking baby steps, but eventually hope to build up to landscape quilts. Your work inspires and encourages me to keep growing. Congratulations Kim, really fantastic work!

  6. Fellow New Bee and first time visitor. Your quilt is impressive. I love CH and your spin on his graphic vibe is so complimentary. I can’t wait to see how this progresses to a finished piece.

  7. Kim…oh Kim! I love this quilt! What a great design and frankly, you can’t go wrong with Charley Harper! My style took a while to develop, but it did and it’s always changing. I think over with time you gain more confidence, learn new things and just grow! I’ve learned to power through projects that I think are epic fails…you never know how they will turn out (thankfully most worked)! Gorgeous quilt!!

  8. I am definitely in the process of figuring out who I am as a modern quilter and where I’m going. I’m also getting a feel for the fabrics I want to include in future projects.

  9. I love your quilt…and your site…and that you’re a New Bee (me too!) It’s great that you’re broadening your repertoire and trying new things. I can’ t wait to see more!

  10. Lisa

    I love this post and I love this quilt. I can so relate to the stuck in traditional wanting to move out into more modern and here you are doing it. Congratulations. I’m hoping to follow your lead.

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