If you've followed my creative endeavors over the years you know that I've dabbled in many things. I've always loved starting a new project! The majority of them involve fabric of some sort.
A few years ago I decided to concentrate on one thing to see where it led - solid colored fabric + hand sewing in mini quilt form. At first I was focused on the loop. I explored following the curvy line, changing colors to make a fluid composition. That was fun, so I kept going.
The loops morphed into larger loopyish circular shapes. I relaxed my rules and allowed lines to end. My designs got a little larger.
And then they got smaller. I call these Micro Minis. These little ones are so much fun! With these, the enjoyment came from playing with color. I also experimented with different stitches while quilting. The small size made them perfect for experimentation.
Have I mentioned I did all of these completely by hand? No machine sewing whatsoever. Slow sewing all the way!
About a year into my journey I got the idea to turn my "loops" into recognizable forms while keeping the fluid line aspect. It was after hearing a speaker at church talk about The Theology of the Body that I got the idea to make my "ladies". Like most women, I've always struggled body image. At the time that I heard the talk I had already been working on loving and accepting my own body, so it seemed like a good fit creatively and personally.
There were some experiments with flowers along the way, but those didn't stick. I have yet to quilt any of those. In fact, I have yet to quilt and finish most of the things I've pieced over the past 2.5 years.
I have so loved making my ladies! In the year or so that I've been making them, they have evolved from small, simple forms to a bit larger, more complex forms with wings. I'm not sure where the wings came from, but they work.
With each one I discover something new or try out a different technique. Recently, I've relaxed my hand sewing rule and started machine sewing the outline of their bodies once I get to the quilting phase. Previously, I hand sewed the outline of their body with clear thread. Before that, there was no outline and they were entirely quilted. I like the definition the machine stitch gives them. I'm not opposed to machine piecing them if I could find an efficient way to do so, but for now my hand sewing method works. I don't think I'll ever change the hand quilting aspect, that's my love.
This is an ever evolving process, nothing is set in stone. Looking back, I've come a long way...and I'm excited to see what the future holds!
(All the photos above are from my phone.I'd like to start using my camera again. Baby steps!!)