As you are familiar with right now, I had another patron unlock a mini mini quilt reward for supporting me via Patreon this month. When I inquired about preferences, I was given the guideline to create something representative of my style.
I had many thoughts about what my style is. Clearly, I use solids and use transparency quite often in my work. As I was digging into the Fat Quarter Bundle I curated for the Fat Quarter Shop to test my 2018 Patreon Quilt Pattern, I thought that the bundle was also representative of my style: it has modern blenders that have a range of values in my favorite colors. I used the scraps from prepping for the quilt top to create this mini mini quilt, that I have named Not What I Had Planned.
Part of my thoughts about my style is that it can be hard to move on and try something new. Leaving my engineering job and striking out on an entirely new direction 4 years ago was hard. Branching away from transparency and monochromatic work is something that I plan on doing. I love making those kinds of quilts, and you are going to keep seeing them, but I am going to continue to grow and learn and that means I will do new things.
At the bottom of the mini mini quilt I quilted “The hardest part of ending is starting again” which is a snippet of lyric from the Linkin Park song, “Waiting For The End“. The text is quilted in 50wt Aurifil 2600 (Dove) and is purposefully faint and hard to read. The rest of the quilting is 28wt Aurifil 2135 (Yellow) and is a combination of wavy lines, pebbles, and swirls.
The quilt top itself is improv pieced with slight curves.
Life continuously changes and morphs. I can confidently say that 10 years ago, even 5 years ago, I would have never predicted the experiences I have lived through and the way my life has been shaped as a result. This may not be what I had planned… but I am grateful to be ever learning, ever growing, and ever trying something new.
The backing is also part of the fabric bundle. The biding is the only non bundle fabric, which I chose to coordinate with the quilting. The mini mini quilt finished at 4.75-inches wide by 5.75-inches tall.
This is not the end, this is not the beginning – “Waiting For The End“