I have often admired One Block Wonder (OBW) quilts, and vaguely considered making one. But since making one involves buying the same panel or print six or seven times, it's an expensive buy-in. So when I discovered a website that would mock-up what a OBW quilt would look like with any given fabric, I decided to have some wholly digital fun, for a buy-in of $0 and 0¢.
A quick update. As I mentioned last time, I have been following the tutorial put out by Donna of Jordan Fabrics. I have made one improvement on Donna's method, which I'll explain briefly. And I've learned a little more about myself, which will inform my future quilting choices.
Ambivalence is a fruitful inspiration: when I sorta-like and sorta-hate something, the incongruity fidgets in my mind, and won't settle until I make something with it. Tula Pink fabric is such an inspiration for me. What I love is the creativity of the prints, the hidden critters and swirling flowers and whimsy of them. What I hate is the busy-ness. According to her website, "Tula comes from the 'more is more' school of design where there is never enough space and always room for that one last thing," while I firmly believe that detail without focus is clutter, and clutter stresses me out. Finally, there are her colors, which are bright and fun and neon... and like minor notes, just slightly off from what you might find satisfying. It's hard to match or co-ordinate with her prints, unless you work with other prints from the same collection.
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