An Experiment in Minimalism.
Its the end of the month and time to join Sandra at mmmQuilts! for a DrEAMi project. To those not in the know, this is simply an excuse to celebrate a quilt that you Drop Everything And Make it (also known as chasing a squirrel). This project was made for the beginning of this month, but I didn’t blog about it as it was being entered for a publication. Sadly, it didn’t make it, so you get to hear about it now.
Curated Quilts put out a call for minimal half square triangle quilts. The colors had to include some of the ones appearing in the logo. I was in Maine, quarantined, and had limited stash. You know you might want to go and pick up all those colors in a great solids collection, but that was not an option.
I designed my quilt in Electric Quilt. The technique I used (and won’t share) was from a class I took with Cheryl Brickey at QuiltCon. Yup, this is a quilt influenced by my time there and what I learned. Now, the funny thing is, that for a few days I thought I could use the one I designed in class, but that was using flying geese. Flying geese are not half square triangles and I could have made it with that, but I don’t think it would have worked so well. A few days before the deadline I looked at the rules again and started over.
I continue to have mixed feelings about this quilt. Taking a risk and entering a quilt is always a difficult thing for me, but I am glad that I did. But, as I look at it now, it speaks to me of a time that is so unusual – this time of isolation and social distancing. I think the pink and orange are glimpses of hope. The blue is for the dark days and the black is for the darkness and death that the virus brought. I liked using the modern quilting technique of matchstick quilting and the faced edges (you can see my tutorial on that here). I am also pleased that this is my second QuiltCon influenced piece (my other is here).
Yes, there will be more experiments in minimalism. I will, for sure do the one I designed in class and continue to work on a few others. I have a few small deadlines this coming month, but maybe after that I can sneak another one in!
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