About Weekly Quilts – Part 1- How did this start?

I’d like to talk to you all about my weekly quilt series and give you some of the ideas that have been brewing in my mind. I constantly get questions about my weekly series and small quilts in general.  I hope you enjoy this series!
How did it start?

Back in 2005 or 2006, I don’t really remember which, Martha Gilbert and I were at a guild retreat and she showed me her weekly “journal” quilts.  What was a journal quilt?  Well, apparently the fine quilters of the Quilt Art list were doing these small 8.5 x 11 inch quilts each month.  Any topic, any technique.  Ideally they “journalled” what was going on in their lives.  Martha was taking this a step further by doing these each week, each quilt 8.5 x 11 inches.

I was gobsmacked.  I worked (and still do) full time.  I had long wondered “How can I get into my quilt room more and make things more often?”  That’s when this idea took hold.  If I quilted a mini quilt each week, I could actually finish something! Quilts don’t have to be lap sized… They don’t have to be wall hangings, either.  They could be, just to be! I would have to be in my studio.  I would have to design and make them on the fly in many cases.  I was ready to start this as my “new year’s resolution” back in 2007.  It also gave me a reason to blog.  I wanted to show what I had made and have more reasons to post to my blog and this was perfect!

My first mini quilt was 6 x6 inches, using a chenille cutter I got for Christmas. My “week” is technically Monday through Sunday, so I have the entire weekend to complete my design.  Do I cheat and work on them late? YES.  Do I change my mind about the themes and regret picking a difficult one? YES.  Am I happy when I power through and get them done? YES, YES, YES! Do I always have “Show and Tell” for guild?  You betcha!

I have been doing these weekly quilts ever since, and it’s an amazing body of work to go back and look at with both a critical and a stylistic eye.  The next parts of the weekly quilt series will tell you what I have learned about my self, my art, and my style by looking at the project as a whole.