Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Behind the Scenes

It's been a while since I've posted anything on my blog. But my latest finish, I think, deserves a little space in the bustle that is life

"Behind the Scenes" is my mini quilt for Curated Quilts, Issue No. 8 challenge, "Well said...." So many things came to mind when I started to think about what I wanted to say and how best to say it. 

For me, it's all about community. But how best to celebrate and call attention to the amazing women of this world who go about their work every day, often in the shadows. 

Artist Statement: "For centuries, women have worked together to make life better for their families, their communities and hopefully also for themselves. Women's work is often done behind the scenes without recognition or thanks". 

I used the colors dictated by the challenge and chose tulip pink, orange and chartreuse. Semi-transparent white linen is layered over the interconnected symbol for womanhood, literally placing this vibrant community behind the scene. But, there is also hope, reflected in the tiny bits of color peeking out in the binding. 

12.5" x 12.5" using various 100% quilting cottons in the color palette recommended for the challenge. Semitransparent 100% handkerchief linen in white layered over the top. The batting is remnant bamboo (because we woman make do with what we have). The binding cut at 2" on the straight of grain and pieced with 2 of the colors from the composition, tulip pink and orange. It is simply quilted in matching 40 wt cotton thread, spaced 1/2" apart. The back (not shown) is a 100% silk vintage kimono fabric in a similar color palette.

If you get a chance take a look at the Curated Quilts Gallery of submitted minis, they are amazing and have so much to say.

What do you have to say? Leave me a comment......


  1. Beautiful piese and statement! I hooe the bits of hope are larger that just along the edges!

  2. I saw this on Instagram and loved it an appreciate that you took the time to write more about it and share on your blog as well. It is so powerful to be able to say I see you, and even more so to be the recipient who is seen and acknowledged. I see you. Thank you.

  3. Love love this mini quilt. I also love that you used a shadow technique of construction, perhaps a slight homage to women who have gone before and who made clothing decorations using this technique? At any rate, that was my first thought. (Can you tell I had to do some shadow work in my early Clothing and Textiles classes?)
    This turned out so nice, Stephanie--hope it is included in the final selection!

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