I’d like you to meet Armadillo Jo. She is a nine-banded armadillo from Texas that is an original design of a very unique critter that roams my neighborhood. She was created as a collage quilt, by cutting lots of floral fabrics into interesting shapes and using Elmer’s school glue sticks and some tacky glue to secure all the fabric pieces before stitching. Keep an eye out for one of these critters in your neighborhood!
Free form piecing is a quick, easy and fun technique of quilt making that has become very popular in the modern quilt movement. Many talented quilters have written books about their methods, including Rayna Gilllman, Jean Wells and Maria Shell. They each have their own techniques and styles, which are interesting to study and compare. I recently started doing some free form piecing using hand dyed fabrics which were purchased at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. The fabrics were so pretty that at first it was hard to cut into them, but once I got started, the process was both addictive and rewarding. With no seams to match, and no rules to follow, it’s been a lot of fun as well as an education on color placement ( seeing which colors work well together). Here are some photos of the work I’ve completed so far. Don’t be afraid to use those pretty fabrics you’ve been saving, try this and see what happens!