Anyway, it's thoughts like these that were going through my brain as I created my mini quilt for the CJMQG's Cirrus Solids Mini Quilt Challenge, sponsored by Cloud 9 Fabrics. The parameters:
- Make a mini quilt 16" x 16"
- Use only Cloud 9 Cirrus solids (NO PRINTS!) for the front and binding
I don't make many quilts with *just* solids (here's the only one I can think of), but that wasn't the problem here. I knew I didn't want to make a traditional block, or a variation of a traditional block. I'm more of a let's-try-this-and-build-on-it-and-see-where-it-goes gal. Improv. Trying something and ripping it out. That's my style. At least that much I know!
I created these improv cathedral windows (what I'm calling them, because they are similar, right?) using my gentle improv waves tutorial (a class I'll get to teach early next year! Yay!). No planning (except which wave would go with which color). Just mindless cutting and sewing. Exactly what I needed.
Then, since I'm in no way a stickler for symmetry (though I certainly appreciate it when it comes around), I placed them off-center. I decided to build upon them with log cabin-like strips, so that it looks like a woven piece of tapestry.
Finally, since quilting is my favorite part, I HAD to quilt each section individually (I mean, the colors are all different too, so it only made sense!). I was stumped with what to add to the red strip, and then one of my favorite quotes popped into my head: "Not all those who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien is one of my favorite authors, and I'm rereading The Hobbit for the umpteenth time with one of my 8th grade students... so it all just came together. I use Aurifil Dove (#2600), my favorite shade, because I wanted the quilting to illuminate the saturated colors.
The quote applies to me. No, I'm not lost, just wandering and looking for my place. Hopefully, this quilt will serve as a reminder to me.
Thanks to Cloud 9 Fabrics for sponsoring our guild challenge. Check out #cirrussolidsminiquiltchallenge on Instagram to see what my guild members have been working on! I'm excited to see all the minis at our guild meeting tonight (and of course, I'm looking forward to see all my amazing guild friends, too. Quilters rock!).