• There’s enough fabric in the stash…

    Posted on August 9, 2014 by Mickey in English Paper Piecing, Inklingo.

    Honestly within hours of my last blog post I received an email from my editor inquiring if the deadline for my manuscript could be moved up.

    Since I was so close to finishing all the quilts I decided to put my head down and just “get ‘er done” and will have the manuscript to my editor next week.  Even earlier than she inquired about.  WHEW!

    Now with that pressure off I am winding down, or up, depending how you look at it.

    I have pulled out some fermenting projects and started to play with them again.

    And started a few new projects.  So watch for blog posts starting to happen again as I have stuff to share.  I’m even working on the first quilt of the next book already.

    But something happened yesterday that prompted me to write this morning.    Two private Facebook (click on the side bar to join me there) messages within hours of each other asking the same question…and the writers were literally thousands of miles apart.

    Which do you like best EPP (Paper Pieces)  or hand sewing (Inklingo)?

    My answer:  I truthfully love them both.  And you can.  You don’t have to make a choice.  Love them both.  For me they each bring different things to my creative life.  And variety of technique.  Life is boring doing the same thing over and over.  I love to mix it up.  And many days I do both EPP/Paper Pieces and hand sewing/Inklingo during the very same day.  It’s ok.  You can do this.

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    I love my newest EPP project as much as my Castle Wall Blocks. 

    It reminds me of some of the emails received a few years back when Pieced Hexies was published.   How could I do both traditional and art quilts people would ask.PiecedHexiesCOVERsmall

    Easy…I just do.   They both make me happy.  So I just do.

    I have been making traditional quilts for decades, albeit behind the scenes as it was my Art Quilts that people knew me for.

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    But if you look closely at my art quilts you will see many traditional quilt piecing in the background.

     

     

     

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    About 5 years ago I started piecing more.  And it made me happy.

    And then Pieced Hexies happened and before I knew it my persona in the quilt world flipped.  But truly it is just still me just with a light shining in a different corner of my art work.

     

    So back to the original question.   I do truly love them both.  Just as I do truly love almost all genres of fabric (my only exception is the Japanese prints with all the metallic…sorry) as you will see in my upcoming book.

    Offset Squares Quilt Block

    Yes a traditional pieced pattern book.

    Truly I have now come full circle.  Well maybe not yet.   There are still many needle turn applique patterns to make and share.

     

    I guess I might have to alter a tag line of mine.

    “There is enough fabric in the stash to make both Art and Traditional Quilts” to

    “There is enough fabric in the stash to piece quilts both EPP style and hand sewing style”.

    Just do what makes you happy.

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4 Responses so far.

  1. Sue says:

    We love all versions of you :) I’m kind of evolving also. Always done traditional piecing, but starting to like the “modern” quilt with more open spaces so I can do different types of quilting. I think it’s the addition of a longarm that’s creating the new me!

  2. Sandie says:

    Amen to that Mickey!!! I love, and do it all too, which is why my stash is so overwhelming. Care tok share suggestions on organizing the stash when working with many quilting genre’s?

  3. Susan says:

    I also like to try a variety of techniques and have a stash that some would consider over the top. I likely will not use it all but I sure had fun buying it. Being open to trying something new and ” outside the box”keeps the creative juices flowing. Sew on.

  4. Cynthia says:

    I love both techniques, there are times I am doing both techniques on the same day. I think the key is do what makes you happy. We are all different and this is what makes life interesting. We all should try something new.

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