2016 Goal Visualization Quilt

Another year, another list of realistic and unrealistic goals, another quilt to represent it all.

2016 Goal Visualization Quilt

2016 Goal Visualization Quilt

2016 Goal Visualization Quilt, detail

2016 Goal Visualization Quilt, detail

After my 2014 quilt I knew I had to simplify my designs if I had any hope of keeping up with a yearly series. My design for 2016 was a basic bar graph. Completion of goals is shown in percentages. For those items where I was able to surpass my goal, the bar goes beyond the 100% mark in a slightly different color. And one of the items didn’t make it onto the graph at all (0% completion).

Nikki Maroon quilted this for me. The piece measures 53” x 33”. Mitch Hopper took photos for me.

2016 Goal Visualization Quilt, back

2016 Goal Visualization Quilt, back

2016 Goal Visualization Quilt, detail

2016 Goal Visualization Quilt, detail

2016 Goal Visualization Quilt, label

2016 Goal Visualization Quilt, label

2015 Goal Visualization Quilt

When I made my 2014 Goal Visualization Quilt, I thought maybe I was at the beginning of a series. I typically start each new year with a list of resolutions or measurable goals or whatever you want to call them, so why not document them in quilt form? I knew that I would have to really simplify my designs if I were to make this a yearly project, since my first goal visualization quilt took me 3 years to complete. So I set about planning this series, each year writing down my resolutions and then sketching a visual representation for each year. And now, four years later, I’m finally getting around to making the quilts.

2015 Goal Visualization Quilt, 56” square

2015 Goal Visualization Quilt, 56” square

For 2015 I grouped my goals into 5 categories:

Strength for fitness related goals,

Center for things related to spirituality and mindfulness,

Work for goals related to finishing art/quilt projects,

Family for things I wanted to make time to do with my husband and kids, and

Routine for some simple daily self-care habits I wanted to build.

2015 Goal Visualization Quilt, label

2015 Goal Visualization Quilt, label

I represented each goal as basically a box to be ticked. And X means I accomplished the goal for the year, an empty square means I did not. Even though at a lot of these boxes were empty at the end of the year, I still found it a valuable exercise. This process of “failure” helps me hone my goals each year and make them more realistic, helpful, and useful for me.

This quilt measures approximately 56” square. It was quilted by Nikki Maroon and Mitch Hopper took photos for me.

2015 Goal Visualization Quilt, detail

2015 Goal Visualization Quilt, detail

2015 Goal Visualization Quilt, back

2015 Goal Visualization Quilt, back

Art 140: Intro to Sculpture Quilt

This quilt was the result of an assignment I made for a sculpture class I took in 2017. I wrote about that class here. The assignment was to make something interactive. I was inspired by Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings to make these blocks that my fellow students could arrange in a grid. I invited them to think about how the colors were interacting and about creating a compelling pattern. It was interesting to watch them work on it together, and I think they had fun. My professor liked it. He wanted to keep playing even after the piece was done.

I finally pieced these blocks together as my classmates arranged them. Gina Pina quilted this for me. Mitch Hopper took final pictures. It measures about 70” square.

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Two Quilts for Two Sisters

In June of 2018 my family took a dreamy vacation to Paris and Southern France. We shared the second part of our trip with old friends and their two kids, and found that adding these humans to our time in the French countryside made it all the more magical.

These friends happen to live in Barcelona, so we don’t see them often. Before we said goodbye I made sure to ask the girls their favorite colors. Lili said black and Josie said rainbow.

When I got home from France I immediately started working on these, using templates that I had made for one of my art classes earlier in the year. I’ve been trying to use fabric from my stash this year instead of purchasing more. I was able to make both of these 100% from my stash, which felt great.

I’m finally about to give these to their recipients, so I hope favorite colors haven’t changed too much in the past year! I put snails on the backs because of a walk we took one night. French countryside snails everywhere. A beautiful memory.

Josie’s quilt

Josie’s quilt

Josie’s quilt, detail

Josie’s quilt, detail

Josie’s quilt, back

Josie’s quilt, back

Josie’s quilt, back detail

Josie’s quilt, back detail

Lili’s quilt

Lili’s quilt

Lili’s quilt, detail

Lili’s quilt, detail

Lili’s quilt, back

Lili’s quilt, back

Lili’s quilt, back detail

Lili’s quilt, back detail

These were quilted for me by Nikki Maroon. Mitch Hopper took photos for me. They measure about 60” square.

Two Mini Quilts

This quilt was made for a swap between my guild and the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild. My partner didn’t give me any requests, just told me to make whatever my heart desired. So I used scraps from a previous project (my Good Bones mini quilts from my drawing final) and the design was loosely inspired by the Arne Quilt by Rossie Crafts. I did my own quilting on this one and was pretty happy with the outcome.

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And another mini for a swap. This time it was a swap within my own guild. Again, my partner left it pretty wide open in terms of what she likes, so I tried to make something that reflects what I see in her: bright, vibrant, energetic. I had fun improving my way through this mini. My partner liked it and it turned out to be a parting gift, as she soon after moved from Chicago to Milwaukee.

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