Churndash-it-up and get creative

That’s right – two ‘C’ words but definitely not the biggie!

I’ve made a churndash block quilt. There’s nothing overly exciting about that in some respects. It’s not a new concept.  I’m chuffed to bits though, as it was on my ‘finish-a-long’ list, so it’s a ‘tick’ for me! Some of you will ask ‘why?’ Some will take one look at it and say that it lacks ‘cohesion’ and looks a bit ‘bitty’. Others will ask where I got the pattern from? Truth be told, I’d love anyone to say or ask any of those things, as that would mean you’re showing an interest, even if you don’t particularly find it appealing. That’s fine. Nothing is everyone’s choice. We all have our own likes and dislikes and sure enough, that’s one of the reasons behind me designing and creating this project.

churn dash it up quilt for fun

Lots of fun stitching techniques used in creating this project

My design and intention

Last year Stitchscape went on tour to the Festival of Quilts.  Amongst the thousands of fantastic projects we saw, one of them was Trudi Wood’s ‘Priory Squared’ quilt – as shown here in Lucy Brennan’s post about the show . I loved this because it looks stunning and really really shows off Trudi’s amazing quilting ability. It’s also great as it highlights Katy Jones’s ‘Priory Square’ fabric range, which I went to the launch of, at Simply Solids shop in Huddersfield. I met Lucy at the recent Stitches trade show too. I live in a world surrounded by lovely sew-a-holics and that’s the way I like it.

Trudi Wood's churndash quilt with Trudi - taken from Lucy Brennan's blog

Please do click on the photo after reading this blog and take a look at Trudi’s blog. She’s mighty talented. My world is surrounded by talented lovely sew-a-holics and that’s the way I like it.

There’s no way on this planet I could do something like that quilt but it inspired me even more and got me thinking about creating my own project. The way Trudi represented the churndash block in free-motion stitching, as well as the traditional styling of the block, really ‘got to me’.

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone has their ‘thing’

At the studio, I’m constantly trying to inspire people to let go of their search for perfection, which often, restrains them so much that it can stop you creating anything. I hear people say that they’re not creative at all and then turn around and say that they Fishing rod bag made by Belinda at the studiowant to adapt a pattern to their liking! That’s creativity! You’re making something your own; you’re making your own choices. The ‘sewcial’ sessions I run are perfect for this, as no matter how many workshops I could offer, I can virtually guarantee that none would be to make a fishing rod bag, yet sure enough, Belinda made one today, as per hubby’s request. I’m so chuffed that she feels confident enough to tackle the design and stitching of such a novel project.

So I wanted to put as many techniques on the quilt as possible and I managed quite a few! Free-motion stitching; traditional as well as modern patchwork piecing; applique; hand stitching; machine embroidery; mixed media; improv piecing; curved piecing and words on a quilt. I think that’s the lot. Something for everyone.

Out of my comfort zone

Part of being creative takes some courage. We’re doing things that we’re not totally sure of how to do or how it will turn out but we feel a want to try. Letting in to that feeling is fab. Ok, so sometimes it ‘fails’ and you have to unpick it or you just throw it as you really don’t like it. But hey! Cut yourself some slack! That’s not a waste as you will have learnt things from the experience. The trick is not to let it stop you ever trying new things again or you’ll miss out on so much. I’d never done a churndash block before this. Improv piecing is very new to me. I didn’t have an overall plan for the project; I made it up as I went along. Is it perfect? No way! Did I love the whole experience? Oh yes indeed!

Now your role in this sharing of inspiration is to gain confidence to try new things. Possibly just small things. They don’t have to be earth changing. It just needs to ‘spark joy’ for you and provide you with the ‘hygge’ feeling. It is meant to be fun!

But that takes me on to a whole new blog post.

Soon!

  • Free-motion stitching was a must-have element
    Free-motion stitching was a must-have element
  • Hand stitching mixed with beading. I like!
    Hand stitching mixed with beading. I like!
  • Decorative stitches used to add some fine detail
    Decorative stitches used to add some fine detail
  • An applique churndash block was fun
    An applique churndash block was fun
  • Using the negative of your churndash is also a way of mixing it up
    Using the negative of your churndash is also a way of mixing it up
  • Don't tell anyone but this is my fave!
    Don't tell anyone but this is my fave!
  • Get some machine embroidery into a modern improv churndash. Why not?!
    Get some machine embroidery into a modern improv churndash. Why not?!

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