I have loved every minute of the 12 month journey of Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine/Michael Miller fabric block challenge; and have grown leaps and bounds with regards to my creativity as well as expanding my skill set; however, after finishing the intense piecing and quilting on my final quilt composition I needed to do something creative, fun, fast and immediately gratifying! I had gotten Gwen Marston’s Liberated Quiltmaking II some time ago and had been watching her class on iQuilt, so I decided to do a liberated rail fence! I dove into my pile of fabrics and scraps and in two days had the main body of the quilt done. It is such a fun and free process, designing and improvising as you go. And it is liberating! I haven’t finished adding the final border, but wanted to share what I have done so far:
One of my goals for the next year is to work on doing more minimal quilts (that sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it!), so earlier this week I got Gwen’s book Minimal Guiltmaking. I have poured over this, and have been very inspired. There were many of her students’ beautiful works in the book and I thought what fun to do a retreat with her. Looking at her website, I found that this is her last year of teaching, and on a whim looked to see what her schedule was. Unbelievably, her last retreat before retiring will be in 3 weeks at the MADELINE ISLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (MISA) in Wisconsin and there was one spot left! I think this is fate! The topic is “Small Studies” and I am going!