Last year I was challenged by Catherine (@knittingcatherine on IG) to a mini quilt swap using mostly repurposed or me-made materials. In typical fashion, my mind came up with several ideas and I am sharing the fruit of 4 such finishes here (all of which let me “try on” different quilting styles I have been eager to test). There are two other quilts made of my old tshirts that are part of this series but they and the concept of tshirt quilting are worthy of a post of their own.
For my first quilt I grabbed some dress clothing in linens and silks that I never wear, chopped them up and reconstructed improv style. They are much more attractive on a quilt then on me. I also “tried on” some nontraditional hand quilting and made random “ant trails” along the piece.
For my second quilt I wanted to play with Nicole Daksiewicz’s (Modernhandcraft) appliquéd hexie technique but decided to make my own spin with pieced hexies. For this quilt I used some of my old scrubs, an orange shirt and a hospital sheet.
After introducing a tertiary pattern and playing a bunch of designs I came up with the mini quilt below. This is the one that ended up in Catherine’s hands and I call it “Colliding Migrations”
For the last two quilts, I used some material I had hand painted over the summer and layered using a raw edge appliqué to show off unusual shapes. These quilts have a lot of hidden meaning for me involving self reliance and the concept that things are rarely “Black or White”.
Are these quilts my style? YES as complex, varied and flawed as my style can be. Are all of them masterpieces? Nope. Did I learn from them? Yes, yes, yes!
Have a great weekend.