Some artists sketch out their ideas. I don't. Working from a photograph is one thing, but drawing my own idea? No. Not because I can't draw (I am a little past stick figures), but because the quilt isn't going to look like the sketch when it is finished, if it does get finished. The two times I sketched out an idea, I got so frustrated trying to adhere to the sketch that I
During the summer of 2008, I took a five-day workshop in Traverse City, Michigan, with Pamela Allen, an art quilter whose work I truly admire. She encouraged us not to overthink what we were doing. The scissors are her pencil. Everything is thought out so that she develops a sketch, but in fabric, not on paper. Those five days were incredibly intense, but I came away from the workshop knowing that however the work got done was just fine. If sketching doesn't work, don't do it!
|2-color study from workshop|
|Restructured fabric from workshop|