My liberated quilting – good, bad or ugly?

I’ve had a lovely time this morning working on a mini-quilt (this little section is 5″ by 9″ approx) – I’ve just been doing my own thing, liberated-style (influenced by Gwen Marston). Whilst I was sewing I was thinking, ‘this is so cool!’, but now I am struck by severe doubt and am wondering if this actually just looks like a mess rather than liberated.

Good, bad, ugly?

I keep telling myself that I can’t really make a judgement about it until I have finished it.. but, a lot of people are going to see this quilt, and part of me just thinks I should start again. Is it worth continuing do you think?

Now I am even wondering whether to press publish on this blog post!

34 thoughts on “My liberated quilting – good, bad or ugly?

  1. I like it. I think it definitely has potential. I go through ups and downs with things I make too. Sometimes it helps to put it down and come back to it with fresh eyes. Sometimes not. Let us know what you decide.

  2. I would say keep on going. I love the colours and the pattern. Can’t believe it is so small because it has so much in it. The nicest quilts are the really liberated ones where the quilter/artist is willing to take risks.

  3. I really like it. Looking forward to seeing how you finish it off. I agree with one of the above posts – if you really love it, no-one else’s opinion matters.

  4. I would say work on it, sometimes you need to spend time “working” on your art until you like it … you could use the single triangles to change the direction of the “stripes”, 90° or diagonal …

  5. I was really happy to see your free style quilting. It has a charm to it. I am in a battle with HST and my points never meet. I say hooray to your triangles. I think I am going try a little liberating sewing myself.

  6. i agree, keep going. its lovely. i especially love the little plaid looking bits. are they shot cottons? what is it you dont love? color? design?

  7. YES – the longer you study it – the more you notice the details and it grows so vote for a finish – but you have do follow your sewing mojo – good luck

  8. I find sometimes my projects go through phases where I start to feel unsure about them. Maybe put it aside for a few days and then see how you feel?

  9. I think it looks great. I’d keep going. But if you don’t like and it and want to do something else then you have to go with what you feel most satisfied with.

  10. I’d vote for whichever floats your boat – if you are enjoying doing it, carry on. If heading to work on it makes you feel like going to the dentist, don’t! I’ve made things I thought were ugly but others loved and things that I’ve loved but others didn’t get. Sometimes, and especially if you are experimenting with a new technique, it’s the process that matters, much more than the end product.

    But then, maybe I am being led around by my curiosity. As usual!

  11. I love it – it’s inspiring! Not a mess at all – I think your initial reaction was right – even at this early stage it’s beautiful and interesting. It has a kind of Paul Klee thing going on in the colours and in the pointy shapes like roofs in “Castle and Sun” – maybe the same thing that makes Amy think of Morocco. IMHO if you are enjoying the process don’t let worries about what other people think put you off – push on and see where it goes. You don’t have to show it to anyone again!

  12. Keep going, it’s taking shape. I often feel this about things I make and say don’t judge it until it’s finished! I hate not finishing an item. Make up your mind at the end and even if it is different from what you expect you’ve usually learnt something along the way. The colours are great!

  13. My view is that you should see how you FEEL about it, not what you think about it, and go with that. Have fun, whichever way you decide to go with it.

  14. Personally I love it, but then I love a bit of improv, me.
    The only thing I’d add is that it is “Liberated” quilting – so if you ain’t feelin liberated then put it to one side and get liberated with something new!

    … then you might find that the one liberates the other …

  15. To be honest Ali, I don’t think it matters what others say, just go with your gut instinct, but I’m no expert on quilting. I’m no help am I !!!

  16. I luv liberated quilting and that is great-definitely KEEP GOING!!!! Trust your instincts-they will not fail you!!!!

  17. I agree with Louise….you will never be satisfied with it if you don’t like it, so it’s judgement day!
    I don’t feel qualified to comment good or bad because I’ve never tried my hand at quilting; just wish I knew how.

  18. I have sometimes been in your position where I cant decide. So I get brutal and ask myself “Do I love it or hate it?” If you love it then no other opinion will matter (i.e. it will be loved by someone else too). If you hate it then stop now. Be brutal.

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