I got the idea for this quilt when I was thinking about how I open my first meeting as the leader for the evening meetings of the East Cobb Quilters’ Guild. I also wanted to start a tradition of opening a meeting with a story about a quilt that’s been meaningful to a member of the guild – one they made, one they received, or one they saw.
I also have a reputation for being “intense” or “intimidating”, particularly with those who don’t know me well enough yet to know that I’m really just an awkward 13 year old who cries at cotton commercials (it’s really IS the fabric of my life!) and laughs at fart jokes, trapped in the body of a 41 year old. I blame it on the RBF.
This is actually a wholecloth quilt; the colors are from Inktense pencils, and in the middle of doing the blending I immediately thought I’d messed it up and wasn’t as good as a guildmate of mine, thereby proving the whole point of the quilt: comparing myself to someone else wasn’t going to bring me any joy in making this thing.
Technical note: I used an aloe gel to blend and deepen the color from the pencils, rather than the water which will spread the ink to adjoining areas of the quilt.
Also not bringing my shoulders any joy: any time spent after the first 15 minutes of pebbling a double-batted quilt. But ultimately, I love it.
It helped me tell the story I wanted to: that my role in leading the meetings was to facilitate a fun, nurturing environment meant to inspire, not to intimidate.