On finishing what you start / by Riane Menardi

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Sometimes I feel like I start a lot of projects and never finish them. I suppose this isn't so different from most quilters, but looking back on all the projects I was passionate about, they just seem to fade away.

I ran across this post today where I talked about Cubism and got so excited about the hand-dyed fabric I was using. I vowed to make a Cubist-inspired quilt, and then never wrote about it again.

Well, that quilt actually turned into something great. It was the quilt that was accepted to Quiltcon. The "Windowsill" quilt and I just returned from the show last week. It was my first quilt to be accepted into the show, and to me this quilt solidifies my place in this quilt world more than anything else. Even though I've been featured in magazines and now I have a quilt-related job, sometimes I still get imposter syndrome. But this quilt is legit, and many quilters I respect have complimented me on it. It still has its flaws (the back has some extra large stitches that I get self-conscious about), but for the most part I'm in love, and it has made good things happen for me.

Looking back at the post, the quilt was supposed to be a quick study in Cubism ā€” and it was. I think I pieced the whole top in a single sitting. It's a small quilt, and I hacked the fabric improv-style and sewed it back together until every piece was used and I had a rectangular shape. It was easy and fun, and that's how quilting should be.

Quilting it was also fun. After going to QuiltCon 2015 and seeing how popular (and beautiful) matchstick quilting was, I wanted to recreate that with hand-quilting. I decided on sashiko because to me that technique is equally easy and fun. As I was quilting, this quilt traveled with me and became my obsession. It took a long time to finish (obviously), but I loved every minute of it. 

I love this picture because it shows my quilting work and my job! QuiltCon crew for life.Ā 

I love this picture because it shows my quilting work and my job! QuiltCon crew for life. 

This quit was also featured in an issue of Simply Moderne, which I forgot to write about. I'm writing a series of articles for the magazine on behalf of the MQG, and this was the first. We had a tight deadline, and instead of asking another quilter to come up with something in a week, I pitched them this quilt.

I'm so happy with the way things turned out! I love looking back and seeing the progression of that stack of fabric.