It’s done! Not only did I finish in time to submit to Quiltcon, I also beat a stomach bug that hit our house hours after I hit send.
But that’s no way to start a finished quilt post! This is:
This quilt, for me, was an exploration of some basic tenets of modern quilting– contrast, solids, minimalism, use of negative space. It started as a very logical thing– I like this shape, I will make a modern quilt to submit– and became a very personal quilt very quickly.
I will admit that I foolishly thought that minimalism would be easy. Oh boy, was I wrong.
Though my guiding principles were simple and elegant, as I made it this quilt started to feel kind of rebellious and punk rock. Like, I’m just going to take a block out, because I like the way it looks. I said it would be an all-solid quilt, but I’m throwing some white-on-white prints in. And, you think white is boring? Watch how I add texture to make you stare at the white (shoutout to Molli Sparkles, whose white-on-white has inspired me from day one).
I thought carefully about every detail– the lack of quilting in the “panes” of the blocks are meant to imply glass, for example. And I went the extra mile for those details– on other quilts I might have chosen an easier path, but I chose to quilt in a way that required a lot of burying threads.
I fought to keep simple interesting, and I found myself defending the quilt preemptively against invisible quilt police and haters. It was my way of dealing with any self-doubt that would pop up, and it made me really fall in love. In a way, it made me better. I definitely feel stronger.
On this Thanksgiving weekend, I have to send a huge thank you to anyone who encouraged me during the making of this quilt. I faced a lot of self-doubt and a lot of time-related anxiety, and my Instagram friends were especially awesome in helping me deal with it.
I am so excited to write the pattern and start showing the world how versatile and fun the Peek blocks can be. Up next is a version using prints, probably in a throw size. It’s a great way to practice and perfect 1/4″ seam allowances, and I’m so excited to be teaching it at Mid Atlantic Mod in April. (Registration opens to the public tonight, by the way! Join us!)
The stats on Peek:
Size: 78″ x 90″
Fabric: Kona Tangerine and Snow, Cotton + Steel white on white grid. Back is Plentiful Earth in Saffron by Leah Duncan. Binding is Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander
Now comes the wait, and the acceptance that more than a thousand quilts have been submitted to the show. Even if I don’t get in (I also submitted Love Letters and Trill), I’m so glad I made it. And I’m so thankful I have you to share it with.
Woo hoo! I love this quilt so much! It is simply stunning, Melanie. It was so wonderful to see it progress. What a beautiful result. ❤️❤️❤️
I am so happy for you in achieving this goal! Hard work has its rewards. The quilt is beautiful and you submitted. Even if it is not chosen for Quiltcon, you should feel accomplished. What a lovely piece. Much love….. 🙂
Amazeballs! A very modern clever quilt with gorgeous happy fabrics. You did good 🙂 I’m sorry to hear it gave you such issues but it’s a win/win as you learnt alot about yourself and ended up loving it.
I agree Instagram is a fab place for creatives to share their progress and no ads, which is even better 🙂
Hurray Melanie!! It looks fantastic, I’m so glad you were able to finish it in time! I can’t wait to hear which quilts go in. I wish I knew how many they anticipate accepting.
Thanks, Renee! A friend just entered and was number 1172. Yikes.
On Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 4:21 PM, melintheattic wrote:
Yay I’m excited for you!
Congrats on a stunning finish! Everything about this is so original and “you.” Fingers crossed for you!
“I fought to keep simple interesting.” You WON. You did it. This is gorgeous, and I really want it to get in the show so I can see it in person!
I love this. The colors and the design are fantastic!!
PS. Good luck, I got #1280 and #1309….so many quilts
I am so amazed by your piecing and quilting skills, Melanie. I can’t wait to see these three quilts in person. And I will be first in line to buy the Peek pattern when you release it!! It’s simplicity is stunning.
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LOVE! I am amazed (and strangely comforted) that the decision-making process was such a challenge for you. Peek has certainly piqued my interest — I look forward to getting a closer look at QuiltCon! Also, I love the backing fabric and interesting binding.
This is beautiful! And really striking!! Great job.
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Beautiful quilt and congratulations on getting into the big show! I’m also happy to see that your machine-stitched binding was allowed. You did a fabulous job!
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