Thursday, September 1, 2011

I finally found my voice

The final installment of the Modern Quilt Guild's Project Modern Challenge, to find your own voice, has been the most difficult to me. I have entered each of the three earlier challenges, and amazingly enough was chosen a winner in both the first and second, so I really wanted to enter the last one as well.

But with the only guideline being to create a quilt that is all me, I was a little intimidated, to tell you the truth. I feel like my previous entries had all been a reflection of my style and aesthetic, but I also had other guidelines to fall back on for each one.

Not this time. So, I've struggled a bit, thinking about what I wanted to create. I drew up lots of sketches and even started sewing some blocks together, but they just weren't working. Then, I decided to go back to my sketchbook and look through some earlier drawings and designs.

This one felt right. It's totally me. It's inspired by a large silo that sits on the farm just next to the Lebanon Correctional Institute. Yep, the big prison just outside of Monroe, Ohio.

It's about 10 miles from my house and we occasionally drive past it on the way to the interstate. It's one of those things that I've probably seen for years, without really seeing it, but one day as I was driving the design of the silo just caught my eye. And I grabbed my sketchbook as soon as I could and started drawing.

I redrew the design in my new sketchbook, making a couple of tweaks to colors and scale, and I started cutting and sewing last night.

Let's hope it turns out the way I think it will. I've only got until the end of this month to finish it, so I need to work fast. I'll keep you posted!
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