Helloooo. I’ve got actual things to say about this project I just finished up. ACTUAL THINGS.
I tried something new here—bias applique. I don’t think I had any idea what it was until I saw Debbie’s beautiful quilts when I started going to guild a couple years ago. I mean, I guess I knew that bias applique was how you could make a flower stem, but I didn’t think about it as a method for design. Applique, and particularly bias applique, just hadn’t been been something I’d seen much in my sewing circles. And by sewing circles, I mean the instagram feeds I follow.
Since then, bias applique has lingered on my list of things to try one day. One day…
… like now-ish 2014! I think it’s so completely awesome that the Modern Quilt Guild has a bias applique challenge category for QuiltCon! I’m going to go ahead and say that most modern quilters have not done bias applique. How many even had it on the radar? I don’t know, but more people do now. And more people will be trying to learn this new quilt technique, and watching each others’ efforts. That is super. It’s a challenge that is actually challenging!
This project! This project is all about quilting loving knitting, or people who love to quilt and also love to knit. Or about how if you give a knitter a long piece of tape and ask her to make a quilt, she might knit you a quilt instead. The knit stitch itself is such an interesting shape—it overlaps and it hooks under. It looks like nothing, but can make a fabric. Lynn and I had a conversation recently about the relationship of quilting and knitting. There is so much there. Both knitting and quilting are about construction, but they look at fabric, pattern, and shape differently. Looking at those places is bound to yield some interesting cross-inspiration. Lets do more of it!
This knit stitch, with its curves and interlocking lines, seemed like a good, simple-enough, yet interesting, place to learn bias applique. I need a more process-y post with the details, but the overall idea is, I did learn it. It may have been infuriating at times, but it was interesting at every step of the way.
The base color is Kona celestial. Each bias strip is applied right to the base. I “knit” the strips by weaving them in and out with my hands. I thought about getting giant knitting needles, or pvc pipes, and I tried arm knitting, but really all that wasn’t necessary.
The blue part of the quilt, behind the loops, is free motion quilted using a ziggy stockinette-like stitch. That’s some knitspiration from Lynn – that along with not being a chicken in my quilting choices! I had thought about just wiggly straight line quilting over the whole thing because I was intimidated about maneuvering in all those spaces. Plus, how long would that take? So glad I told myself to buck up and quilt it right. I love the texture of the result.