“The act of sewing is a process of emotional repair.” – Lousie Bourgeois
I started quilting because it is an art form heavily reliant on process, patience and time. I don’t keep track of how much time a particular project takes me to complete because the time put into a quilt doesn’t matter. To me, I loose myself in that process, so wide reaching and so utterly consuming. Before starting a quilt, I daydream about grids, fabric, patterns. I disappear into those thoughts, work through my half-formed ideas and come out the other end with a nagging desire to make.
This quilt came out of this mess, as a wedding gift for a dear friend. I find inspiration for my quilts in different parts of the world. I am heavily inspired by minimalism, taken by it’s emphasis on the beauty of materials. I take the centralized, simple, square piecing from 19th century Amish quilts of Lancaster County, PA. The stitching and it’s motif is a technique called a sashiko, a decorative, reinforcement running stitch from Japan. The colors, indigo and white, are also traditional for sashiko.
This quilt is the first quilt I’ve made that was actually planned and thought about. It’s been done and with it’s owner for the better part of a year now. I have moved onto another quilt, one with less contrast, smaller stitches and less mistakes. That quilt is for A. and I, a gift to us to sleep under. Even though I’m still doing the tedious work, the hand stitching of a queen sized quilt, I’m day dreaming about fabrics and blocks already, looking forward to repeating the process.