I LOVE this quilt!!! I love that I got to try some new techniques while making it. I love that it stretched my creativity and is my own unique design. I love the way the quilting enhances the design. I love that most of the fabrics came from my stash. I love that it's soft and cuddly! I just love it!!!
A friend of mine works for an adolescent psychiatric treatment center and we've discussed how some quilts could warm the place up a bit but never got around to specifics. In my mind I wanted to make something soothing yet interesting. Something that the more you looked at it the more you saw. I call this Keeping It Together. There is a mix of traditional nine patch blocks and crazy nine patch blocks. Without revealing too much of my own insanity, I see it as the tidal pull between chaos and structure. The fabrics are batiks I've picked up over the years mixed in with a few trips to my LQS. I quilted it on the longarm with a wavy pattern called Happy Times and after I picked the thread I found out it's named appropriately enough, De Nile. I love a good pun!
Then came my previously mentioned binding tizzy which I decided to view as an opportunity to stretch out of my perfect world comfort zone and do something creative. I asked myself "What Would Rachel (my incredibly imaginative friend) Do?" and decided even though I actually still had fabric to make more matching binding I'd use something else. Rachel pointed out that modern quilt goddess Alissa also had the same problem/solution so I'm not sure it was really as risk-taking as it felt but it definitely worked with my philosophy for this quilt.