More fun happenings going on in preparation for Spun at the Denver Art Museum! This week I turned in a block for the big community quilt, to be hung in the main lobby of the museum. We were asked to create a block of our choice, 2′ X 3′, and after stewing on it for a week or two, this is what I came up with- ticker tape made of bright rainbow of scraps on some Kona Coal.
It was quite therapeutic to sift through my scrap bucket, picking out snippets of this and that, pressing them, and organizing them into piles by color. I really need to do this for my entire scrap stash, come to think of it- sort all of them by color and organize them in little drawers, instead of a jam-packed tub spilling over with crumpled, raveled bits.
I’m sure there are a ton of approaches to make ticker tape style blocks, but I chose to make mine by pinning and then appliqueing raw-edge scraps using a super casual, crazy zig-zaggy straight stitch. I love crazy stitching! It’s impossible to make a mistake. The crazier it is, the better….and you know me…I have no problem with crazy!
I actually started off using my free-motion foot, because I thought I could stitch these more quickly if I could just zoom around the shapes without having to turn my entire piece, but it turned out that I had a really hard time with it. It was tough to get the look I wanted using this method. My lines weren’t crisp and straight. I know, I know, I was going for crazy, yes, but these were a little too crazy (after I just told you it’s impossible to be too crazy!). So after 3 or 4 squares, I switched to my regular 1/4″ foot, and just hit reverse every few inches to add the zany zig-zags. Ended up not being such a pain to turn the piece after all.
Can’t wait to see all the other blocks in the community quilt! Many were made by non-quilters, but other types of textile artists, and there were very few limits on the materials. I’m sure it’s going to be a really fun, colorful rainbow of blocks. Don’t worry- I’ll take pictures!