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Two ends of the Spectrum

My mother-in-law introduced me to quilting. She is a traditional quilter and loves old style patterns and blocks. Although I loved learning from her, I disliked making the same block over and over. I quickly realized I don’t like to do the same thing twice. Traditional, block-based quilts felt tedious to me. Hence my transition to art quilts.

Mom's Mini Log Cabin
Sashiko Simplicity

Reading Misik’s challenge, pieced traditional quilts were the first thing that came to mind. But I read further and had to acknowledge the positive aspects of repetition. In nature there is a rhythmic cycle, in music there is the chorus, in life, I survive by repeatedly placing one foot in front of the other.

I have felt the joy of the sound of the needle as it moves repeatedly through fabric while I am quilting. I enjoy the simplicity of stitch after stitch. When I pause enough to observe, I realize the repeated blocks allow for both peace and dynamic energy in a quilt. Repetition can create beauty and harmony.

I find it interesting that repetition embodies two ends of the spectrum: tedium and meditation.

Traditional Triangle Colorplay

I don’t know where I’m headed with this challenge, but I know it will be fun to explore this theme. And, of course, the results will be revealed on February 27, 2018. Stay tuned!

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