Friday, April 12, 2013

Cut and Paste

I am totally useless at drawing! Painting, illustrating, doodling, any of them. I just cannot do it. This makes designing my own applique designs very difficult. So for a long time I've had a little thought in the back of my mind. What if I skip the drawing part and just get some fabric and my good, sharp scissors, and just start cutting? That thought finally prompted me to give it a go last week...


Ok, so the result was a little primitive, but WOW I have had so much fun with this method. And it is so freeing. Just being able to cut wonky and perhaps a little weird looking shapes out of beautiful fabrics, then glue them onto the background (I used an Elmer's school glue stick), then go to town with the raw edge applique and free motion quilting was such a satisfying process!


All of the fabrics in this mini quilt (20 x 20 inches) are from the wonderful pile of Keiko Goke's fabrics that she sent me here. Except for the white background behind the flowers and the colourful Kaffe Fassett fabric I have used on the backing...


I love Keiko's heart fabric for the binding.


I will be writing up a tutorial for this method in the next month or two, I am definitely planning to do more of these in future. I will have a second one to show soon. I still wish I could draw, but perhaps for now my 'scissor' drawings will have to do.

47 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

You are doing an amazing job with your scissors drawing!! Who needs coloring pencils when you have a fabric stash like yours! I can see this being a very popular tutorial!

Oops-Lah said...

I'm exactly like you; I can't draw or paint for toffee, although art teachers (friends) tell me that anybody can learn the technique. But I'm just not believing it! I'm so impressed with your first attempt, it's absolutely charming. What a good idea to just cut the shapes out. Maybe that's the way to go for me too. I must give it a try. Have a lovely weekend.

Catherine said...

It's really beautiful - so vibrant and lively.

Vicky said...

Wow! That is stunning can't wait for the tutorial!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

I love it...!!!!!!!!

Frog Quilter said...

I love it. So much fun!

alobsiger said...

Beautiful, Cathy! I can't draw to save my life. Your lovely project is so inspired!! Love it!

Jackie said...

Wow! I really love this!

Christine said...

It is gorgeous! I can't wait for your tutorial.

Carin Wijnand said...

This is so much fun, isn't it. Great!!

Jodie said...

I am exactly the same , I just cannot draw at all. I always start with fabric - your results are a smash hit !

Dorothy said...

Totally bright and wild but I like it very much.

ranette said...

Amazing! You have such fun with your quilting and I love that!

Dee said...

Not every artist uses a pencil or pen for works of art! You're mini-quilt is lovely! Sew much color and movement!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Oh my goodness this is absolutely wonderful, right up my alley. I look forward to your tutorial!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

yes primitive looking and beautiful, I love the bold colors

Debra said...

I can totally relate to the drawing for appliqué dilemma. I really love your solution, it looks really fabulous. It looks like it would be lots of fun to do.

Paula Hensley Murphy said...

I'm Lovin' this piece. You make me think out of the BOX....double wow, this is wonderfu

Julierose said...

Love this free cut piece you did!! The vase is amazing--great colors--they really pop!! Julierose

Mary Beth said...

Love the results. YOu can tell you were having fun! Love the color. What a happy quilt!

Carla said...

How fabulous! I love the vase especially

Donna~~ said...

Cathy, when I went back to school and took drawing, they said anyone can draw, and that the best drawers are those who observe (noticing the shapes of the shadows, the light and dark, etc.), and not drawing what you know (tree shape), but what you actually see (tree shaped like XX). So you can draw (your flowers show that!) Looks like a fun project!

Nedra said...

Cathy, what you have always been brilliant at is color selection. You know fabrics and how to use them in just the right spot. What a fun block.

Nifty Quilts said...

Yea! So fun and fanciful. I love your "primitive" look. I am another who doesn't draw. In an applique workshop with Gwen Marston, she told us the quilters used to cut their shapes from paper, then fabric, then appliqué them by hand. You have modernized this technique! I'll look forward to trying it with your tutorial. Thanks so much!

Little Island Quilting said...

Brilliant. I think it is often those who perhaps can't draw in the classical sense, that produce the most amazing and quirky quilts when the draw on fabric. Love it.

Jan said...

This is just a wonderful, little piece!

Crispy said...

OMGosh Cathy your little quilt is amazing!!! You need to write a book full of this kind of inspiration!!

Crispy

Lisa said...

Oh I just love this! It is so free and fun. Looking forward to your tutorial!

audrey said...

Love your applique! So fun and playful looking! I do better with my scissors most of the time too.:)

Pip said...

I can't draw either, but I don't think it matters when you get a result like you did, the fabrics, and the colours just pop. To me it looks quite modern, I can see you having a lot of fun with this way of applique.

Amanda said...

Love it there is nothing wrong with primitive my favourite type of appliqué

Maree: said...

I get the Drawing Saga but Boy you have done Fabulously with your cutting skills...so Love this.
Clever You
Ceers

West Michigan Quilter said...

Your little quilt is stunning. I don't know about your drawing capabilities, but your sure do have a wonderful color sense. I love the primitive look of this too. I am looking forward to the tutorial.

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

I love that colorful primitive style - and how lucky to have Keiko Goke fabrics, from the quilter herself! Her quilts are always so instantly recognizable for their color and punch.

SUPERQUILTER said...

I can't draw either, but I love your quilt. You have done a very good job. What fun you must be having.

roccagal said...

this is fantastic! love it-you are so artistic!

trudys_person said...

Love this project - gorgeous!

Rose E. Glasses said...

You were in your happy place and I love the way your heart sings.
Thanks,

Jane said...

I seriously LOVE this!

Stephanie Brokaw said...

What a fantastic solution to "not" being a drawer. Gives us all inspiration. I love the idea of skipping the drawing and reaching for the scissors. Love your work!

Carla said...

Oh, Cathy! This is so fun!! Thanks for sharing!

pandchintz said...

I love your scissor drawing (you need to copyright that term!!). Looks fabulous! Clever, clever girl. Who needs to draw when you can scissor draw like that?!

Michelle Huddleston said...

I love the colors, and I'm intrigued with your method, because I can't draw either. I think I should be able to, but for some reason the minute that pencil touches the paper... Not so good!

fiberchick said...

LOVE this and look forward to your tutorial! You are incapable of making anything that is less than gorgeous....

Nic said...

Looks like fun

Linda in NC said...

Fabulously full of personality! Keep those scissors handy!

Jackie said...

OMG... I love this!! I can't draw either... so I will be waiting for your tutorial. This is awesome and I am going to check out Keiko's book too!