Through the BOM, The National Quilt Museum aims to challenge quilters to experiment with new techniques and styles while having fun connecting with quilters from all over the world, and learning more about the museum in the process. In developing my design, I wanted to present something with an Australian connection but with flexibility for others to riff on the motif in their own compositions.
A vine or spine is a recurring structural element underpinning many of my own compositions. It’s a highly versatile motif that plays with perceptions of positive and negative space as I vary spacing, amplitude, colour and scale.Presently horizontally, the motif lends itself to landscapes and seascapes; vertically, it provides a proxy for trees, wildflowers, and more.
I have designed an ImproVines block inspired by the flowering vine pandorea Jasminoides that is endemic to eastern Australia. This plant is also know by the common names bower of beauty and bower vine. It’s only the third day but there is already an array of wonderful interpretations over at the active NQM Block of the Month Facebook Group. If you are posting on Instagram, please use the hashtag #ImproVines.
Global Quilt Connection All Star Sampler Platter
I will be demonstrating the ImproVines technique in the Global Quilt Connection All Star Virtual Sampler Platter on 19 and 20 March (Eastern time, United States). This live virtual event features an all-star cast of 18 quilt teachers demonstrating some of their favorite quilting techniques over two different days (3 hours per day).
It’s a showcase of a wide variety of styles and techniques, from traditional to modern and art quilting techniques with something to please everyone! You will receive a PDF that includes written instructions to go along with each teacher’s demonstration. In addition, you will have access to a recording for 24 hours after each day’s event. Open to individuals and groups.