As the end of the year nears, I have the opportunity to finish the thread of all the graduation quilts for my daughter’s girl’s group, one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place. There remains only one to document, the one for Mara, whose quilt was made last.
Skulls and Stuff
Skulls and Stuff, 2007 66″ x 72″ Photography by Sibila Savage
Perhaps I have previously described something that happens to me when I’m working, a situation in which I say, “This quilt made itself”. My husband calls this “being in the zone.” Mara’s quilt is one of the zone quilts.
I started gathering the fabrics and cutting the irregular slices on a Friday night, and the quilt top was finished by Sunday night. It was soooo much fun I just couldn’t stop.
The irregular strips were sewn together, almost randomly, into larger units, and then the regular-sized blocks were cut from those constructions. Sprinkling all the bright-colored slices into the wonderful black and white prints was like putting together a puzzle. Simple quilting was all that was needed, since the fabrics have so much activity.
Because I had a lot of these slices leftover, I created another quilt for myself when I taught a class how to make this quilt. This one still hangs in my kitchen.
Skull and Stuff Leftovers 37.5″ x 45″
So this is the end of the graduation quilts era, and I still contend that this was the beginning of a very productive period for me. I played more and labored less, most likely reaching my 10,000 hours sometime during the process. I’m glad I set out to make these eight quilts and am grateful for the experience.