low volume – high impact

There are many beautiful examples of ‘low volume’ quilts for the viewing all over the internet. I have my favorites and I am mightily inspired by many .. so much so that I spent hours today going through mountains of scraps, pulling vanilla, pulling solids, pulling small sprigged pieces.  I’ve been thinking about my commitment to quilting a lot lately.  I started piecing when I was 16 and am now nearly 60.  I’ve seen so many changes within the ‘industry’, the most important being the creation of the rotary cutter.  ( I think most quilters in my age bracket would agree.)  ImageBonnie Lehmann’s ‘Quilters Newsletter’, tin templates, scissors and hand piecing was the protocol in those years.  The stack above was prepared in zip time compared to the sixties when a quilter could raise a blister or two from cutting and cutting …

Image‘Everything old is new again’ really applies to our times.  Some of my first quilts were low volume, but I didn’t have a clue!  I was using what was available and both bleached and unbleached muslin prevailed.  No small wonder why this process today seems so familiar.  While the tools are newer, faster, and more efficient, the creative process remains the same, it springs from the original place.  Imagine.

My children went to Florida a few weeks back.  


Hilary talks about moving to Naples, and while I would miss her beyond reason, I like to fantasize about long visits – hours roaming the beaches…


Do you suppose that they have gnomes in Naples?



About jody

mother of two amazing individuals, daughter, sister, artist, partner - devoted to knitting, quilting, gardening,writing,painting, reading, sewing, longing to live by the sea
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4 Responses to low volume – high impact

  1. Bea says:

    I love these little stars! What pattern is that.


  2. Susan Hannus says:

    glad I finally found a way to you
    ….love your quilts


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