Written by Laura Chaney, Daughter
One of the classes we took at the Paducah show this year was the Notan-Exploding the Square class taught by Cathy Miller. Cathy is also known as the Singing Quilter, and although we weren’t able to make it (as it wasn’t on the color-coded schedule) she even put on a concert on the lawn outside of the National Quilt Museum during Quilt Week.
Cathy taught us several different kinds of Notan, allowing plenty of time for us to try explore the technique on our own and just experiment with different ideas. Here are some of the designs that Mom and I came up with using square symmetrical, circular symmetrical and a rectangular asymmetrical pattern.
This was a very fun class to take as it definitely got us thinking about fabric and shapes in a different way. We can see making little Notan shapes for the sides of containers from Contain It!, but I also have visions of Notan on throw pillows for my house!
Have you tried a new sewing or quilting technique lately? Tell us about it in the comments!