It’s the last day of the Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop, and it’s my turn to share a project inspired by my experience at the Sew Pro convention in September 2016! Make sure to visit Holly, Teri, Trinia, and Deanna, and read all the way through to the bottom of this post to enter BOTH giveaways. The Sew Pro Stars prizes are fabric bundles and patterns, and I’ll also be giving away a separate prize of the hand-dyed fat quarter bundle of your choice from my Etsy shop!
When I sat down to think about what I brought home with me from Chicago, of course there were a lot of practical take-aways regarding social media, forming relationships with companies and peers , and the like. All of this was valuable information, but not creatively inspiring. So I thought about the themes that I noticed ran through many of the conversations and classes, even in chats with garment designers, fabric designers, professional bloggers, people with such varied experiences that you wouldn’t expect to see so many common threads (ahem…sorry) between them. These are my three favorites:
- Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle.
- Everybody loves a story.
- It doesn’t have to be perfect to work.
I love to make things. Making a quilt is like a beautiful puzzle to me. There’s a balance there between mathematics and art, between logic and intuition. Ultimately, I’d love to design quilts professionally. So it was obvious to me that my project would be a quilt. It would be a mini, about 24″ square, because that’s the perfect size to hang on the wall between two windows in my studio.
I wanted to illustrate two things about Sew Pro: the wide variety of people and a sense of motion. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to do, so I skipped the graph paper this time and sat down with EQ7. It took a little work to balance all of the different sizes and colors, but I got to the final design pretty quickly.
To get just the right gradation of colors, I knew I had to dye my own fabric for this one. I ended up dying the same batch twice to get the colors as saturated as I had imagined them. It took some real coordination to dye four shades each of seven colors at the same time, but the results speak for themselves:
Next came the challenging part: first keeping track of 28 different fabrics to make flying geese in five different sizes, then paper piecing a whole lot of teeny tiny 8-point stars.
You are perfectly welcome to try to parse all the symbolism that I poured into four square feet of quilt. Her name is “More Alike.” It’s taken from the Maya Angelou poem recently brought to the forefront of public consciousness via an Apple advertisement.
I will let Tula Pink have the last word.
Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop Schedule
Monday Nov 14
Tuesday Nov 15
Wednesday Nov 16
Thursday Nov 17
Friday Nov 18