At the end of last year, I joined a 12×12″ Art Quilt group on Facebook, just in time for the word “delight”. The idea behind the group is that they post a word each month, and members design and create a 12×12″ art quilt inspired by that word.
Thinking about “delight”, the first thing that came to mind was “delight in the little things”. I started brainstorming what that would mean in terms of a small quilt. I have a penchant for color gradient aesthetics, and since 12″x12″ is relatively small, I thought this would be a perfect time to make a quilt out of 1″ squares. I have always delighted in the little amazing miracles found in nature, so I knew the natural world had to be a part of my quilt. Sunbursts and the play of light on the world, reminiscent of laying in the grass looking up at floating seeds glinting in the sunlight as they swirl in the wind (an activity frequented by my kids and I during the warm summer months) was the ultimate inspiration for my quilt. Enough talk. Here’s my process:
Of course, I wanted to photograph the finished quilt during daylight hours to get the most from natural light. As a stay home mom of two little ones, cameos from the kids were bound to happen. Maddie decided she wanted to help me display the quilt in the best light, and then while photographing smaller details, Max decided to help by flopping right down on top of the quilt!
I am really happy with how this quilt turned out, and I’m definitely going to be making more art quilts. This particular quilt will be donated to the Altruistic Art Show hosted by The Kindness Project in Bangor. Like it? Go enter for a chance to win it while benefiting a good cause.
This post was written a few nights ago, before The Night Quilter blog was live.
Don’t get me wrong: I love graph paper! There’s something about sketching out a design and working through the logistics of turning it into a paper piecing pattern with nothing but your squared notebook, a pencil (and eraser!), a ruler, and your swirling mind. However, turning that creation into a share-able, let alone potentially sell-able, pattern using the old school graph paper method is less than ideal.
While I type this post, inkscape is downloading onto my computer. Inkscape is a free vector graphics editor that will hopefully allow me to get started in learning computer-based paper piecing designing.
At the very least, with a cost of FREE, it won’t break the bank. Woot woot! Hopefully learning to use it will be easier than my old school method: draw, refine (read: erase, redraw, repeat), photo copy, cut, tape to plain paper, draw 1/4 seam allowances, photo copy, arrange, create word document with necessary text, attempt to format around anticipated paper piecing pattern drawing, print, cut and paste pattern onto word printout, photocopy again, approve? Scan and convert to pdf. Talk about noise! All of those photocopies of a photocopy of graph paper ends up with quite a fuzzy pattern. Functional, yes. Aesthetically crisp, no.
A morning offering from a night’s knitting. My moments of quiet creation happen most when my kids are asleep. Thus, the night quilter (and, admittedly, knitter) is born. I hope you will follow along with my nightly creations, musings, photographs, and of course stitching.
I grab a needle and thread once the kids are in bed