You never know just where your Tiny Treasure Adventure will take you!

Laura West KongLaura West Kong

Laura West Kong - QCN

05/18/2010

Summer’s right around the corner. The days are getting longer…and warmer.  Are you ready to kick off your shoes and your king size batting? Why not quilt some tiny treasures? Try something new. It doesn’t have to be big, serious, or even perfect. Just take some fabric out and play!

If you usually piece traditional blocks, create a mini fabric collage. If you’re a pictorial art quilter, make a civil war reproduction block or three. You get the picture. Step out of your comfort zone and try a new color palette, add some glitter and beads, or stitch by hand. Even better, step outside and piece on the patio, do some sun painting, or sketch some new quilt designs alfresco.

I didn’t think I was a piecer. For me it was appliqué or nothing. In fact, I once went through a phase where I didn’t even want to piece borders onto my quilts, so they either went borderless or I cut out a fabric frame and appliquéd it on.

My Dear Diary quilt projects taught me otherwise. Every day I make a new quilt block, like a diary entry in fabric. Sometimes they’re appliquéd, sometimes pieced, and other times embellished. There’s no long term commitment to any one technique. If I try something new and don’t like it, I don’t have to do it tomorrow. Sometimes I go for a week or more exploring an intriguing technique, taking it a little further each day. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with freestyle piecing.


3 Pieced Blocks
These are just few of my daily pieced blocks from the my Dear Diary quilt project. Every day I make a new quilt block, like a diary entry in fabric.


You never know just where your Tiny Treasure Adventure will take you. I got started in fabric cover-button jewelry as a summer fun experiment, and that led to my first book, Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Cover-Button Jewelry. The best thing that can happen is that you’ll discover a new favorite technique or color palette that you want keep on exploring, even after autumn rolls around again.

 

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--Laura West Kong is an writer and active blogger on quilting and other Tiny Treasures she finds along the way.

Laura's Website: http://www.laurawestkong.com
Laura's Blog: http://blog.laurawestkong.com

Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Cover-Button Jewelry

Laura's latest book, Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Cover-Button Jewelry
(C&T Publishing) is available for purchase online here.
Laura also sells some pretty cool Kurumi Buttons on her website too!


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