I mentioned before that I found this great blog called Le Challenge. Each month there is a new theme and the challenge is to create something in any media inspired by the theme in the given time frame. If I can take a moment to be nostalgic, it reminds me a bit of my Foodie Pen Pals Chopped Challenge days. I still love re-reading those fun blog posts. I just put “Ratsy” in the donation box (sob), STILL photograph food in trees thanks to this post (also, those were DARN good cookies) and my Big Balls musical parody post . . . it’ll always be a classic in my book.
Sorry, I’ve segued.
This month is DIRECTION and my first time participating. Here’s my entry:
Up and Down and Around and ‘Round and Back Again
Finished size: 13.5 x 22 inches
The official title of this mini art quilt is “Up and Down and Around and ‘Round and Back Again”, inspired by a Jim Croce song. I adore Jim Croce. A.D.O.R.E. If he were alive I’d sell the house, buy an RV, pack up the family and be a groupie. I would. I seriously would. I listened to Jim 24/7 in the car when I was pregnant with my son, to the point that when Sweetey Petey was fussy Jim was the only music that would calm him down.
When I read the theme direction my first thought was “do not make any flying geese.” That’s a quilting term for a triangle made by adding two squares of a background color to the top corners of a rectangle for those of you not in the know (Father-In-Law, Aly.) Making flying geese would be too obvious a choice.
My second thought was to quilt sweeping curves, representing a large permaculture landscaping project my husband has been working on, symbolic of the direction he’s leading our family.
Nope. Scrapped that thought. I wanted this project to be about ME. Sorry, honey.
I decided it would be free form. Inspirational. No measuring. Life really can’t be measured anyway. It would lead me the direction it wanted to go. With a quilt from a Tula Pink book fresh in my mind, I cut and sewed five cotton & steel prints in six strips together. Various widths, about ten inches long. Fabrics from my stash. Fabrics I love. Colors that played nicely with one another, that made me happy. Then I placed the block I had created on a few similarly sized pieces of Moda Grunge Vanilla and sliced away, creating triangle shapes.
I sewed the vanilla triangles to the Cotton & Steel triangles and arranged them by direction. Up. Down. Around and ’round.
I learned that the direction you press your seams is important to how the quilt top lays. Whether one portion pops out more than another. I pressed the seams IN around the “pennants” as my F-I-L called them and pressed all the rest open. So the pennants popped out. I also quilted triangles in the negative space, allowing the pennants to pop out even more while reinforcing the triangle theme. The binding is the same Moda Grunge as the quilt top. I didn’t want to box the triangles in. I wanted them to have the chance to continue on and out if they chose. Up. Down. Around and ’round.
I cannot tell a lie.
The fact that “North” is written on the pennant pointing north was a happy accident.
As a SAHM there are days when I feel like I’m running in circles. Around and ’round, chasing my tail. Dishes. Laundry. Breakfast. Dishes. Lunch. Dishes. Laundry. Nap (not for me of course). Dinner. Dishes. Repeat. This quilt is symbolic of those days. Those days that seem circular and cyclical and on repeat. But despite those days, each season of our lives leads us onwards and upwards. Sometimes down, sometimes around and ’round but always eventually up! I mean, someday the kids will be old enough to do the dishes for me, amiright?!?!?!?
The back of the quilt is a fierce lion.
Okay, maybe not so fierce. Still, he makes me happy. Look at that face!!!
This quilt now hangs in the guest room, which doubles as my sewing storage room (all official sewing is done at the dining room table.) I love it. It reminds me how much I love my kids and my family and my season in life and no matter how many dishes I do in one day we are always moving forward as a family in God’s light according to His will.
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