Thursday, January 7, 2010

Quilting: A fine example of chaos theory

I have long held the theory that quilting is actually chaos theory in action. A small error in measuring or in my case in calculating yardage can result in a completely unexpected outcome. Maybe not of the magnitude of a cyclone caused by butterfly wings but try telling that to the quilter. Here is what is currently occupying my sewing table.
A very long line of stacks of six 10" squares that is my latest quilt project and goes against everything I have done previously. Firstly everything is curved, these squares are cut into four pieces using lines drawn freehand as a guide.

This randomness is both liberating and just a little bit nerve wrecking for me. I've always dutifully followed patterns that involve squares and at most the odd triangle but never curves. Then comes the task of mixing the pieces up and sewing them back together, but they don't go back together they end up a puckered and misaligned mess, which is normal and encouraged according to the pattern.
So now I have a stack that needs clipping and ironing and trimming down to size because these blocks were never destined to be 10" squares. This is as far as I've got and I'm certain the result will be wonderful but the process is well... chaotic.

5 comments:

Eileen said...

Your quilt is going to be beautiful!! I love the fabrics you chose. I can't wait see your finished project! :)

Susan said...

I would like to know what the project is you are trying to make. I can't even fathom how it is supposed to look, because it looks great already, but you weren't sure about it.

But not being a quilter myself, I have no clue!

I too want to see the finished piece!

Crystalyn Kokorowski said...

wow - you are so brave to branch out and create your own quilt block! the color combinations are so juicy and vibrant! can't wait to see how it turns out!

(hi! from 52 weeks)

paula said...

Great fabric choices! Good for you for branching out and leaping into the unkown. They can be the most rewarding learning experiences because even if it doesn't turn out how you envisioned you will have learned something new.

Brandi said...

Happy chaos!

I'm loving the patterns and colors you've chosen. Can't wait to see it finished!