VESSEL is a collection of modern quilts by me, Riane Menardi. I'm a writer, designer and modern quilter from Des Moines, Iowa, as well as the communications manager for the Modern Quilt Guild. My writing and work has been featured in Simply Moderne, Stitch, Fresh Quilts, QuiltCon Magazine, All About Precuts, and ReadyMade, among others, and I'll be speaking and teaching at QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah, Georgia.
What's with the name?
I like the word "vessel." A vessel is something that carries you, envelopes you and transports you somewhere else. Quilts and the quilting process do that for me. I love the challenge of designing and making quilts, and I love curling up in one as well. They're timeless, loving and challenging — the perfect vessel for creativity.
What sewing machine do you use?
I use a Bernina 1230 that was given to me by a wise old quilter. It has history, and many quilts were lovingly made on it. It's heavy, sturdy, and I love it.
Do you only quilt with sashiko, or do you machine quilt as well?
I usually prefer to hand quilt. I love the big stitches and how hand quilting forces you to take complete ownership of a quilt. And honestly, I'm not very good at machine quilting :)
Where did you get those rocket ships?
The rockets were on my desk when I started interning at ReadyMade magazine. When the magazine closed and we were clearing out our desks, I adopted the rockets and gave them a new home. ReadyMade sparked my love of making and maker culture, so the rockets hold a special place in my heart. Also, if I were to have a vessel of choice, rockets wouldn't be a bad way to travel.