In a Rut? Break the Quilting Rules

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Sometimes it Pays to Let Go of the Rules and Just Have Fun!

It’s liberating to think outside the box and play with the quiltmaking rules. Letting go of accuracy and precision, at least to some degree, will spark your creativity and get you thinking in new directions. In the process, you’re likely to produce something special that you never would have thought of before.





Learn the Quilting Rules

In this video, Sherri Driver showcases some of the quilts she broke the rules with. Doing so relieved the stress of needing to be “perfect”. Plus, her finished quilts are more interesting than they would have been otherwise.

She goes on to show how three different quilt blocks can be “liberated” successfully. Following her lead, you’ll be able to produce interesting blocks that will still fit nicely together into a larger quilt project.

The books that Sherri recommends are out of print. Look for them at your library, or you can usually find copies here:

“Liberated Quiltmaking” books by Gwen Marston

“Cut-Loose Quilts” by Jan Mullen

“Rule-Breaking Quilts” by Kathryn Schmidt

“Quilters Play Time” byDianne S. Hire

We’re not suggesting that you abandon the quilting rules entirely (unless you feel inclined to!). Instead, occasionally do a small no-rules free-form project, especially if you feel like you’re in a rut. Over time you’ll see how this play time grows you as a quilter and benefits all of your quilts.

 

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