So often in these past 4-5 years something has happened in our country or in the world that makes me want to create things as a response to feelings of outrage. I’ve scrapped so many ideas that focused on negative quotes and statements in the news – the thought of intensely stewing in bile for the 20-40 hours it takes to make a quilt is simply toxic.
With this in mind, I focused on imagining what I wanted to happen. Inspired by a giant “blue wave” sign made from thousands of blue Post-It notes at the March for Women, I set out to create my own blue wave.
The background is various blue/violet Kona cotton fabrics and was pieced using a variation of the “Disappearing Nine-Patch” design. I cut it up further and pieced it back together to create a more jumbled background. It finished as a wall hanging at 36″ x 36″.
I knew I wanted to make the waves by quilting, but was worried the busy-ness of the background would make the quilting get lost. My first attempt at this was to create and sew three bias tape waves that I’d fill in with big-stitch hand-quilting using various white and blue colors of pearl cotton. Once I did this, however, I thought it looked cartoony and silly.
I was disappointed as it really didn’t have the feel I was going for. So – there’s always the seam ripper! I sewed around the bias tape, pulled it out and added a lot more quilting and, while still subtle, am very happy with the end result.
This quilt invites you to take a closer look. From farther away, you see the patch of blue, and a few shadows swirling across it. Closer up, the eye wanders around and through the stitching like a labyrinth.
Well, it’s not ACTUALLY new – almost a year ago I started to draft this post and realized I never hit publish. I have been remiss by not keeping up on the QuiltingintheFog.com blog, opting to use Instagram as my preferred way to track my work. Anyhoo – I adore this quilt! I drink in all of the colors every morning and evening as I gaze upon it. Best of all, making this quilt yielded tons of scraps and tiny pieced bits that I’ve used in several other quilts since this was finished. A shout out to #tarafaughnan who provided the inspiration for the #barquilt.
I’m honored to have received two ribbons in the San Francisco Quilters Guild 2015 show In March!
I received 3rd place for Selvedge Salvage. This quilt uses the, often thrown away, selvedge end of the fabric. While making other quilts over the past decade, I’ve diligently saved all these pieces in the hope of eventually sewing something out of all the selvedge scraps I’ve been collecting (Confession: a few pieces I actually bought just because I liked the way the selvedge looked!) I enjoy text patterns in fabric and get a kick out of the names of some lines of fabric (like Michael Miller’s “Dysfunctional Family”!)
I love the idea of letting nothing go to waste. Also, I enjoy looking at the quilt and remembering what project each little fabric piece came from and, in many cases, to whom the original was gifted. I already have a bag of extras for the next selvedge quilt project!
Selvedge Salvage – a collection of selvedges from a decade of sewing
Selvedge Salvage detail
I received an Honorable Mention for Scrappy Jewels. This quilt is a rainbow collection of 4″ “made fabric” squares on point, that were created from very small scraps of leftover fabric. I just love sewing together these little random pieces into squares! Each square created seems like a little precious artwork jewel to me, hence the name Scrappy Jewels. I started this project with the intent of clearing out my scrap bin but it appears to have hardly made a dent in my scrap piles!
Scrappy Jewels detail
I was unable to attend the show as I was away for work, but am so grateful for the talented and dedicated folks from my guild for their devotion and hard work to put on the show. Thank you, SFQG!