About Weekly Quilts – Part 2 – Finding your Voice

I’m continuing my “About Weekly Quilts” articles.  Check HERE for part 1.  
When I started weekly quilts, I just made what I wanted in year one.  By year two, I wanted to expand the idea slightly and make quilts that changed themes each month.  By the end of that year, I had an amazing body of work to reflect on, 104 mini quilts all 6 x 6 inches.  
Hindsight is 20/20, and while you are making this much work you aren’t aware you are developing your own voice and style, but you most certainly are. 
Check out these “early” works in which I started seeing my “super cute” style appearing…  
And my latest quilts…
Maybe I didn’t realize that these trees would later appear in a larger work of mine… 
The nice thing is that I got to refine techniques in years three and four.  These quilts here:
Became this work here:
And this is just the tip of the iceberg in what I see in my own work. 
So, working weekly helped me flesh out ideas, sure…. but I also found my voice and my style.  It’s varied, but definitely me.  And I think I’m really happy about that, and why I plan to continue down the weekly journal quilt path.  
Next time: Weekly quilts as class exercises.
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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.

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MOAR MEMES – Keyboard Cat

So yes, the Internet was made for cats and cat memes… and the Keyboard Cat phenomenon from a couple of years ago was a favorite of mine.  

Play him off, Keyboard cat!!!

I am likely going to add one of those greeting card recording devices to play the song along with this piece.  I’m having a blast with these quilts…

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Weekly Quilt – Meme Cats

Oh, the internet…  I love this cat video.  It’s silly and annoying after about 3 minutes.  But it’s soooo darn catchy!

That MUST be why I had to make my own, right?  This month’s weekly quilt theme is “Meme Cats”.  More next week!

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New Weekly Quilt – QR Affirmation 1

Well, I didn’t expect this would be as popular as it is, but thanks so much to those who are viewing this from The Guardian Online!  
This is the first in a series of mini quilts I’m doing this month that are “affirmations”.  This is 8 x 8 inches.
These codes are everywhere and if you have a smartphone, you should be able to use a free QR code reader app to snap a picture of this and read what it says.  I’m not going to ruin that for you, so have fun figuring out what it says!

More are coming later this month.  This was a lot of fun.

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