I'll get to the quilt in a moment.
Earlier this year, our new quilt guild president asked me if I would lead a presentation over some aspect of modern quilting. As a speech teacher, the presentation part gave me no worries but the content...the content gave me butterflies aplenty! When I stepped back and looked at my quilting work, I felt like the common theme was improvisational quilting so that's what I agreed to talk about. By no means do I think of myself of an improv expert but I do think I've gained some experience over the last few years, especially with my recent foray into the world of potholders.
So the presentation. I DID NOT feel prepared on that day to present. Last week was a shit show, to put it lightly. I was sick, I was emotionally spent, and horribly run down. But I did it and I'm SO glad that I did. I informally spoke for about thirty minutes to a room of approximately forty folks. There were many that I respect and admire and there were many that I did not know at all. It was unnerving and wonderful, all at the same time. It was the highlight to an otherwise crummy week. If I helped to inspire just one person, then I feel like my job was done.
Back to this quilt. I had not planned on having a finished quilt to accompany my presentation but somehow, that happened. During the weekend of our recent inauguration and worldwide marches, I had an overwhelming desire to ferociously make and I went with it. With my upcoming presentation in the back of my mind, I would periodically pull my phone out and take a progress photo. What resulted was (from my point of view), a strong, bold, grounded, and vibrant work.
It's the size of a baby quilt but could also be used as a quilt throw, bed accent, or a funky table runner. I quilted it in modern straight lines with red, turquoise, and grey thread. It's pretty sharp, if you ask me.
If you'd like to hear me babble about what I learned from the potholder project and the benefits of taking on large projects, I'll be speaking at the upcoming Owl & Drum Stitch Society meeting on February 26th!