Friday, January 21, 2011

Freedom Quilt, day one ~ Gather Supplies

I'm starting a new quilt project. This one will be different than anything I've done in a long time. First of all, I have been out of the studio for a LONG time.  It's time I remember who I am and get back into the swing of things.  This will be a quilt close to my heart, it will be bed sized to replace the first quilt I ever made that I'm losing in the divorce.  
Secondly, it will certainly NOT be a double wedding ring, I'll make up the pattern as I go along. And finally... I'll be hand dying these fabrics so ANYTHING can happen. I may use some commercial fabrics also, it is a "freedom" quilt after all. But at this point I'm thinking it will be pretty free form with a mix of colors and textures. I plan to create the quilt top in forty days, though those forty will have to be a day here and there as I'm working three jobs and I'm still on the board of directors at a gallery north of here.  There is not much free time around here!

Day One, Taking Inventory
I have taken inventory of the things I have.  Lots of dyes and fabric paints:
 How on earth did I have this much yardage just sitting around waiting for a project?  More than 40 yards of good ready to dye cotton fabric.
 And of course this is only a portion of the commercial fabric collection in boxes in my new studio.
Anything is possible, I have no idea what this will look like when I'm finished. 
But it will be good.

Here's to Freedom,
-Carmen Rose


  1. So sorry you are losing the first one. But I am so intrigued by the new one that you will be making!! This will be fun to watch its progress.

  2. To start, we've lost touch way too long. I had no idea you were getting a divorce, and I'm sorry to hear it. Write to me sometime when you have a moment.

    But...a new quilt and one where you see wherever it goes sounds like exactly the right thing. Very symbolic.


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