This queen sized, modern quilt is made from re-purposed plaid wool shirts, suits, skirts and pants. The pattern is a log cabin improv.
FIRST there is the continuous, continuous, continuous bias strip, which can sometimes be fun to make, but not so much, when you have to be relatively precise about it, and you have to make and iron miles of it.
THEN it's time to haul the binding and the quilt under the machine in a smooth fashion, and again it seems like a never ending journey.
AND then it's time to hand stitch the binding into place. It takes forever to turn a corner, let alone four of them. It's practically a marathon!
YET when finished, I find there is hardly anything more satisfying than a beautifully bound quilt, in the way it simultaneously brings together the quilt as a whole, and signifies the completion of a creative cycle.
What part of the quilt making process is your least favorite or most satisfying, and why?
Finally, I'm making progress in patching together these re-purposed wool shirts into a modern improvised bed quilt. I was stuck for a while, so when I began working yesterday I decided to keep my mind peeled for restraining forces, things that were holding me back from flowing through the process. I soon realized that worrying about the outcome was my number one restraining force. As soon as I let go of the outcome, things started to flow. I expect to finish piecing my improvised [ ] parenthesis quilt today.
Follow this project as it has evolved:
When the improvised quilt pattern has taken on a life of it's own, you must go with the flow.
The improvised [ ] quilt pattern is coming along. My favorite blocks are in the right column. My intention is to make a queen sized quilt, but I'm running out of wool. The star fabric, a beige/yellow, vintage Pendleton plaid, shirt is just about used up. So I went to the thrift store yesterday and picked up another plaid shirt and two pairs of wool pants.
What does it mean to be an artist? It's about the truth of who I am in relationship to my self, to others, to my craft and to my being in the world.
The quilt pattern inspiration for this week are [ ] parenthesis. See my interpretive sketch and it's translation into an actual quilt block, made from re-purposed wool clothing.