Okay - show of hands - how many of you have done a watercolor quilt? Yeah, I know, they're kinda of gimmicky but who doesn't like a good gimmick? It just so happens that the watercolor quilt craze is what introduced me to art quilting back in 1993. When I first read the book Watercolor Quilts by Pat Margaret, I thought, "Hey, I could do that! How hard can it be to sew 2" squares together?" I was a beginner
quilter but even I could do that. Little did I know that the sewing was the easy part. Doing this type of quilt was the perfect way to practice value studies. I had so much fun playing around with all those little squares and patterns and in the process taught myself about value!
That's why when this month's assignment was hard and soft edges, I brought back a blast from the past and decided to do watercolor quilt. Hard and soft edges is what makes them so pretty. Plus, this would give me a break from all the solid colors I've been working with lately. Little flowers are fun!
Not to mention, it gave me a good reason to go into my quilt closet where I keep all the odds and ends, the beginnings and ends of projects I've wanted to keep, just in case I need them again. And yes, there was a big bag of 2" squares still waiting for their next watercolor quilt.
|Watercolor Gateway done during the 1990's|
20 years later, doing one of these quilts is much easier, but still just as fun. All week long, I've been tinkering with this one - still have a bit to go. I probably won't do it as big as the sketch (because I would like to get it done by the end of the month) but I would love to see one super huge. Can you see the hard and soft edges emerging??
So what was your watercolor quilt like?
What have you been up to creatively?