I have made and shipped off another batch of mini mini quilts! Although each was made with intent and purpose, it turns out that one of these things is not like the other…
Just before QuiltCon, I agreed to a mini mini swap with Jane (@janequiltsslowly on Instagram). I asked her to remind me about this swap when I returned home, and she politely waited a few days which I greatly appreciated. Integration back into real life was not entirely smooth, and I was needing a lot more sleep than normal to recover some of the personal energy I had expended acting more extroverted than is normally my nature. Regardless, she and I agreed to do a bit of improv work with solids for one another, and she also said she wouldn’t mind a bit of “red herring” thrown in. Well, in my scrap box I had a bit of the red left over from Red Herring, so I started with it and scraps of a black through gray gradient to make some fabric with a think red line. Then I cut up the made fabric and pieced together her Mini Mini, which I have named Thin Red Line in my head.
Once Jane’s mini mini was complete, I had a bit of the made fabric left over so I just turned it into a second mini mini to swap with a willing partner.
About that time, Stephanie @Spontaneous Threads wrote a blog post and introduced me to the idea of Wabi-Sabi. She defined it in her post as:
Wabi-Sabi: “the art of finding beauty in imperfection…to see the singular beauty in something that at first does not appear obviously beautiful. Bringing wabi-sabi into ones life doesn’t require money or even special skills. It takes a mind quiet enough to appreciate muted beauty, courage not to fear bareness, willingness to accept things as they are. It depends on the ability to slow down, shifting balance from doing to being, to appreciating rather than perfecting”.
There was so much there that resonated with me, and after an email discussion, we agreed to a mini mini swap with one another. I was inspired by Wabi-Sabi, and incorporating some of Stephanie’s favorite warm colors into the design (Andover Chambray for the top, Cloud9 Cirrus Solid for the back and binding), I created the Wabi-Sabi mini mini quilt.
A bit more research that I did on Wabi-Sabi before embarking on the journey of making the mini mini quilt: Wabi-sabi is sometimes described as an ascetic of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Wabi-sabi derived from a Buddist concept known as the three marks. The three marks of existence are 1. Impermanence 2. Suffering and 3. Emptiness.
And last, but certainly not least, is a sweet mini mini quilt that I made for my mother. She gifted me a mini mini quilt while we were together at QuiltCon (made based on my Notched block tutorial!), and I wanted to make her something special in return. I used scraps of fabric left over from my Sunburst quilt to create Sunburst Shards. She and I share a love for the color blue, so I know this mini is going to a good home. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the two quilts together before I shipped it home, though. 🙂
Speaking of mini mini quilts that I have received, this is the current state of my mini mini quilt wall, which is just behind my sewing machine. I am running out of room! Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll come up with other locations to place the mini minis that I trade for! <3