Thursday, April 24, 2008


"QuiltStorm" is my current project. The goal is to make around twenty very
simple quilts, very quickly, from scrap, salvage and recycled materials.

QuiltStorm Quilt#4

Q: #4 already? What happened to #3?
A: I'll explain tomorrow.

Comments:After QS#2, made entirely of solids, here's one that is emphatically not made from solids. This kind of look is perhaps what most people were expecting from the description of the project, and surely there will be several more, I bet, that share this level of visual chaos. It's kind of a crazy quilt without the crazy quilting, you might say. Good for someone who has a highly scrappy aesthetic going already. Perhaps not such a great quilt for a dude.

There is a sequence of four darks that stack up on the right side, and no similar block of visual weight anchoring the left side. I'm trying not to let that bother me. But it's hard.


jovaliquilts said...

This one definitely has a different feel than the previous two! It's not my favorite quilt, but I do like it. My tolerance for chaos coming from fabric choice has gone way up since I became a quilter! And while I agree this is a little heavy on the darks on one side, it's otherwise well-balanced, and interesting to look at. I'd call it a success.

You really have been quilting up a storm! What an inspired project.

Exuberant Color said...

You have a great start on your project. I'm sure you will learn a lot about color and value as you play.

SandyQuilts said...

I personally LOVE it.

Rebel said...

If it *really* bothers you, you can cut this quilt up into say 4, 6 or 8 blocks and play with the orientation etc. until the colors are more happily scattered. I think with stripes it's hard. It's a lot easier to do a pleasingly scrappy look with smaller blocks randomly strewn about. I don't know why... has something to do with fractals I'm sure.

But since the spirit of this quilt storm is about making functional blankets quickly.. not about perfecting any particularly look... I say leave it... channel some Rothko and feel the different energies of the dark part and the light part... call it art.

Melissa said...

This is a quilt for a cat owner for sure. Think of the fur-hiding potential in all those patterns!

Elaine Adair said...

This looks like my own fabric - funny! And I like it, also.

gl. said...

it looks like it's made from ties!