Tuesday, April 22, 2008

QuiltStorm III: The Storm Begins

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

A few weeks ago, emphasizing that the QuiltStorm quilts are going to have very simple pieceing indeed, I gave this design as an example:

If the more charitable among you thought I was kidding, you were wrong. That is indeed the design for this first series of five "StormQuilts."

The first two faces are complete at this point, and numbers three, four, and five aren't far behind. Just for fun, I thought I would show them in all their modest glory over the next few days.

So, with no further ado:

QuiltStorm Quilt #1

Comments: When Jovaliquilts asked me if the StormQuilts would be completely random, I admitted that I probably wouldn't be able to keep myself from imposing some organizing principles, and that has obviously happened. QS#1 is a collage of cool blues and greens. My mother would say it has a "masculine look" -- she tends to say that about all my quilts, but in this case she would be right. This would be a good quilt for a dude.


Hey, Speaking of Jovaliquilts...

Her current post, about two quilts that were made by (probably) her grandmother, was the coolest thing I saw today. I'm making scrap utility quilts for the hell of it, but these came from a community that made scrap utility quilts because they needed the blankets. You need to check out this post for the graceful simplicity of the "everyday" blanket, and the scrappy vitality of the "fancy" one. Priceless!


jovaliquilts said...

Funny, but your earlier quilt storm post got me thinking about that utility quilt and I pulled it off the shelf! Thanks, glad you enjoyed looking at them.

Quilt number 1 is AWESOME! A random 'look' can be great, but I think 'truly' random is highly overrated, because with a little forethought, you can get beauty (as you just demonstrated). I work a lot with donated fabrics for Project Linus quilts, and I have learned so much about design and color by playing with them.

Ann said...

Great quilt! I love the colors, and pattern, and reuse elements. It reminds me of one of the church ladies who took all the leftover clothing from the yearly rummage sales and made utility quilts. We used them for camping, and I have one, probably from the 1960's. Some of the fabrics didn't hold up well, but I keep it for the history and memories.

Rebel said...

I have to say that's one of the Butch-est quilts I've seen. ;) Of course it doesn't come close to the one I saw at a quilt show last year - a canvas/denim/actual military camoflauge quilt with the grommets & D-rings & straps for attaching your tools. That was a manly quilt!

gl. said...

neat series idea and actually, i quite like the quilt! how quickly is "very quickly"?

Hanna said...

Blue is my quilting mom's favorite color - she would love that one dude!

Debra said...

I like how the white lines in the one fabric kind of happen along and surprise me! Very nice visual effect.

I love this project. I thought originally that they would be quilts for storm victims. What do you plan to do with them?