Monday, May 7, 2012

Scattered Chevron Table Runner

“La inspiración existe, pero tiene que encontrarte trabajando.”
Pablo Picasso


One of my favorite artists is Pablo Picasso. Whenever I feel uninspired in my sewing, I remember his advice that inspiration must find you working, and I find it in me to carry on. Most of the time, my quilts are made from someone else’s patterns, or are inspired by someone else’s quilt. Once in a blue moon, I find inspiration in an unlikely place, and the resulting quilt is just that much more satisfying. Even more rewarding is when the quilt is made with someone special in mind. My Scattered Chevron Table Runner is doubly dear to my heart as it was inspired by a piece of wood art and by a person who has inspired me these past few years.


It is no secret that I love Pinterest. For me, it is another way to connect online with people I like, as well as a place to find inspiration and entertainment. A while ago, a colleague pinned this piece of art, and I repinned it as possible inspiration for a future quilt. A short time later, my colleague announced that she was leaving for another company. I have always admired her work ethic, style, and ability to be well-respected in a field dominated by the opposite gender, while still being true to herself as a person and as a woman. I knew that I had to make her something quilted as a farewell gift, as she is a sewist herself. I remembered the art that I had repinned and with very little time at my disposal, pulled a few fabrics from my stash and just started sewing. I began this piece at the first Seattle Modern Quilt Guild sew-in I attended. As I sewed, this small quilt developed deeper meaning.

The front of this piece symbolizes my colleague’s ability to create meaningful insight from black and white data. The back symbolizes her creative and colorful personal style, as well as her vibrant personality. Finally, the binding is symbolic of her strong individuality.

The improv piecing on this quilt was very challenging, but I am very happy with how it turned out. It was difficult to part with this table runner, just as it was difficult to part with my esteemed colleague. However, instead of focusing on what is lost, I choose to focus on what was gained. I am glad I had the opportunity to work on this quilt, and more importantly, I am glad I had the opportunity to work with this fantastic woman.


Linking up with Sew Modern Monday, as this is the most modern quilt that I have made to date.

10 comments:

  1. What a lovely post, Rachel, and the runner is so striking, so creative, yet so thoughtful. Good job finding inspiration in the wild, and running with it!

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  2. Great runner and lovely back story - I always like to read about how and why

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  3. Great project! Popping in from Canoe Ridge linky.

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  4. What a wonderful story and I love your runner. I repinned that piece of wooden art too. Gorgeous!

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  5. Isn't it amazing where inspiration will come from?!? It's all around us. Congrats on finishing up the runner. It is very striking!

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  6. Oh I love it! I myself have a hard time with improvised piecing. I find myself planning the "improvised" look even when I let go of piecing control. Looks great (and I love the back too!).

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  7. Your table runner is such an inspiration! Love the backing and your quilting!

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  8. I love that, what a fun piece! Thanks for sharing your inspiration, it's cool that we can get inspired by anything. Love knowing the back story :)

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  9. Such a great story and the runner is very striking!

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  10. I love it, it is stunning and such a wonderful present!

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