Yesterday, when I was describing the quilting I did for the Family and Friends mini quilt, I described it as graffiti quilting. Renee @Quilts of a Feather and, separately, Jenn @A Quarter Inch from the Edge and I had back and forth email conversations about what delineates free motion quilting from graffiti quilting. Make no mistake about it, Karlee Porter coined the term “graffiti quilting” and has a very distinctive style.
Renee has been using the term “doodle” quilting to describe her amazing and beautiful quilting work. Seriously, I am inspired by the quilting she and Judy @Quilt Paradigm do and they were the inspiration and launching support I needed to give the quilting for Family and Friends a try. In the comments yesterday, Renee said:
We need a word that is means lots of different designs used with intention…or something like that.
I *love* the with intention portion of the definition. Yes! Much like Kitty @Night Quilter is challenging us to use the term “meticulous cutting” (instead of fussy cutting), I think this needs thought and consideration. So, armed with the definition and a handful of words that didn’t *quite* say what we felt was right, I started playing around with thesaurus.com. Here are a few of the ideas that popped out at me:
Dendriform: having the shape or form of a tree.
Dendrifom makes me think of branching, evolving, growing, organic… I am crushing heavily on the idea of calling free motion quilting that intentionally and mindfully incorporates lots of different designs “Dendrifom Quilting”. I really look forward to hearing your thoughts; I just played around with words and if these aren’t right, maybe it will spark an even better, more awesome idea.
Here are a few ideas that have been added:
Flow: a mental state of moderate enjoyable challenge, of being in the zone, but not frustrated with the challenge. A state of smooth progress.
I don’t know if that really describes how I feel when I am doing this kind of quilting… yet, but it is a cool idea!
I also have the pleasure of sharing my first mini mini quilt finish for a Patron. Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs is such a wonderful friend and supporter. When I pinged her with my Patreon support idea, she helped me refine it and was the first to sign up by placing a mini mini quilt order through my Etsy store.
Cheryl said that her favorite color is blue and that she loves my free motion quilting. So last weekend I sat down to quilt up something special for her. The mini mini finished at 4.5-inches square, and I had a lot of fun playing with the quilting.
I used 50wt Aurifil 2735 (medium blue) for the bobbin and 50wt Aurifil 2784 (dark navy) for the top and to stitch the binding down.
The mini quilt was made using solids in my scrap bin. The top is Kona White, the back is Kona Turquoise, and the binding is Kona Nautical. Cheryl received the mini mini quilt in the mail yesterday and I am thrilled that she is happy with it!
I am crushing hard on this awesome quilting community and looking forward to the discussion in the comments about this FMQing naming idea.