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Persistance Isn’t Always the Right Thing


Over the past few weeks I have been taking a class—via Zoom—from Patricia Belyea of Okan Arts on Complex Curves. I had signed up for her class in March 2020 and then Covid happened. And I had hoped her class in Wisconsin would occur—but then Covid still was around. So I was pleased when she offered the class via Zoom.

Our first assignment wasn’t hard–draw three curved lines in a squarish type area and make four blocks. I used a batik and a lot of orange in that one—and it was fun. (I”ll post photos of it when it is qullted)

Our next assignment was to include some curves—I used a feedsack and an embroidered dish towel as focus fabrics—and I’ll post photos of that after it is quilted.

But then our next assignment was to make a focal piece, add curved connectrors and some curved borders/extensions.

She had shown us a quilt she had made for a girl called Nora–and I was entranced. Her name was short–just four letters and it was done in bold graphic letters. Could I do it with a more lyrical sense?

It was not easy to piece some of the small areas; nor easy to do the larger curves. But it is pieced and ready to quilt.

And I”m sure you are waiting with bated breath to see how I lined up those curves.

It would have been far easier to applique this whole thing—but once started, I was reluctant to toss the whole project–I was determined to finish it.

And now it is ready to get in line to be quilted.

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  1. I like this, and I had to smile at your observation that it would have been easier to applique, but you carried on anyway. You say persistent, I say stubborn based on my own experience with a quilt I designed off a painting that had nothing but curves, and I was determined (ah, perhaps a better word than stubborn) to piece every last one of them, including one so tight it was ridiculous. Never again that tight a curve, I vowed! but there was a certain satisfaction in having accomplished that goal of everything pieced.

    August 18, 2021

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