Quilt no. 011: Fogged. 2015. Vintage and quilting cottons. 68″ x 68″

Quilt no. 011: Fogged. 2015. Vintage and quilting cottons. 68″ x 68″

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 This quilt was made for the sake of making, to revel in the slowness of quiltmaking. I wanted to challenge my piecing skills and to make flying geese blocks. I had a bunch of grey and blue-grey scraps from previous projects that I wanted to use up. I was thinking about mist, about foggy days. In a Missouri summer, I was longing for a cool, misty landscape. I was thinking about moving to Colorado, about mountains, about craggy rocks and pine forests.

Hand quilting is about letting time pass without consequence, of having a place to channel creativity, anxiety and perfectionism. It’s about giving myself idle time to get lost in minutiae and detail. It’s about finding calm and quiet in the repetitive motions, about losing myself in work. I feel accomplished and focused when I spend a few hours every day hand quilting.

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