Attentive readers may have noticed I am on a roll. This is the third Saturday I have positioned myself in front the computer and typed out a blog post. It’s taken many years, but I just might have found a rhythm to this blog writing thing. Start every Saturday with an 800 word or less ramble. How hard is that?
A couple of weeks ago, I explained the origin of these five small pieces.
After that stitch fest, I did a bit of procrasti—knitting.
There is this weird thing with me and procrastination. Maybe it happens to you too? I seem to procrastinate just long enough to make myself miserable in the act of meeting my deadline. Meaning, I waste just enough time to then have to get up at 4AM for several days running just to cross the finish line in thread-covered clothes I have worn for days. I really wish that were not my style.
So after that bit of knitting—I started a sweater and another pair of socks—I once again faced my design wall.
I had promised Paintbrush Studio Fabrics a quilt for their booth at QuiltCon 2018. They gave me a sample of every color in the Painter’s Palette Solids Collection and told me to do whatever I wanted. When I ran out of samples they sent me this re-supply. Delicious!
I knew I wanted to create something that could be seen from across the exhibition floor, that would serve as a beacon for shoppers to move like zombies towards their booth, that would be a riot of sorts. A kind of WHAT? was she thinking. I wanted to push the limits of patterning and color to the very edge of comprehension.
How to do that? Well, it always starts with the bits. Bits and more bits. These bits are pieced information that I use to build my quilts.
If a bit is particularly good. I will make it over and over again, until I run out of the fabric. That bit will then appear in several quilts. Notice the lower left corner of Boulevard.
I liked it some much that I made Way to Graces.
I wasn’t done liking it so I made TRIBE.
And the last bit (or maybe it was the first bit) showed up in Fruit Salad.
For this quilt, the bits are used to build out on two sides from a center square.
It is a messy business.
This is me taking notes. I pin bits of fabric to the center block to tell me what I have decided to do next.
The quilt grows and grows.
There is always a point where I am very tired and think the whole thing was a mistake, but I am so far in that I might as well finish.
And then hours and hours sometimes days and days beyond when I thought I would be finished, I actually am finished.
At this point I long to do other things– knitting, cooking, hiking or yoga, but I am not really done.
Now I have to quilt it.
Here is the good news though. I am going with this quilt to QuiltCon 2018!
I will be doing two book signings.
Thursday February 22
10AM – NOON @ Paintbrush Studio Fabrics Booth 905
Friday February 23
11AM – NOON @ C&T Publishing/Stash Books
I have four quilts on display this year. Two of them are in the QuiltCon show, one is in the special exhibition SAQA Presents: Modern Inspirations — Art Quilts from the 1970s Through Today, and the final quilt will be in the Paint Brush Studio Booth 905.
I am still thinking about the name for this one—Quilt Riot, Stitched Anarchy, Mosh Pit? Or something else entirely. I am open to ideas.
In the meantime, I will be standing in front of this quilt for hours on end laying down some serious thread.
I hope to see you in Pasadena!
PS Thank you Paintbrush Studio Fabrics for giving me the inspiration for this work!