Finish: Transcendence 54


I’m super excited to share my latest finish with y’all! It’s one of those introspective quilts, you’ve been forewarned.

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This quilt started out as an attempt to cut into my Cirrus Solids fat quarter bundle, but ended up morphing into something fairly personal. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about community, and how much it means to me. I’ve been an introvert most of my life, and it wasn’t until the last 5 or 6 years that I started connecting with a community, particularly in the crafting world. The sense of belonging and togetherness I get from the quilting community is something I have really grown to value, and this quilt is my ode to that community — to you all!

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We are all unique, and many of us might have never met or been friends without quilting. I tried to pair colors that you might not normally see together to represent those differences. But even with the chaotic colors, they work somehow, and create something crazy and beautiful, just like our community.

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Together, we work to create a space of belonging. A space of caring. How many charity quilts do quilters make every year? How many people do they reach out and help? How many new quilters have they welcomed? The different colors come together and create cohesive circles; creating a space for those who need it.

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And through our creations, we transcend our differences and create something bigger than ourselves. The fifth circle comes from the quilting alone — something from nothing. Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl is the one who suggested the name Transcendence, and it couldn’t be more perfect!

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The back of this quilt was created from the scraps of the front. I like to think of it as a fairly accurate representation of who I am and my thought process. 😉 I love the imprint the quilting made on it. It’s as if even my chaotic thoughts can’t help but be affected by the strength of the community!

Thank you all for your continued inspiration and encouragement. Thank you for being my community. I am a better person for having met you.

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Details

Name: Transcendence
Dimensions: 36″ x 36″
Fabrics: Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids bundle
Thread: Aurifil #6001 Caramel
Quilting: What the heck was I thinking?!

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54 thoughts on “Finish: Transcendence

  • capitolaquilter

    “Ode to Us” and I mean that in the largest scope of the word us. Your quilt and the symbolism is incredible. I’m so glad that you blog to be able to share the beautiful photos, details and message.

    • anne Post author

      <3 <3 <3 Thank you so much for being a part of my community!! Gosh, it's so crazy that we met on flickr all those ages ago ("wait, like Capitola, CA??") and now look. ^_^ You're definitely a huge part of why I love being a quilter and being part of this community!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you so much, Barbara!! Trust me, I’m definitely an introvert and get pretty shy, especially when I don’t know anyone. 🙂 I’m working on it, though!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you, Maryse! 😀 In the end I went with practicality and chose the only design I’d made which could be made without purchasing further fabric. Hahaha! Pragmatic design. 😉

    • anne Post author

      Thanks, Cheryl!! I don’t do anything else is how I find the time. Haha I don’t know a lot of people here yet so I don’t do a lot of social stuff. When I’m working on a project, I’ll usually work on it 20-40 minutes a night and a lot on the weekends and just go until it’s done.
      Probably it’s also because I don’t have children. I have no idea how parents find time!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you Anja! I think I’ve met more people through quilting than I have in any other thing I’ve done in my life. 🙂 And somehow they always end up being so nice!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you, Cassandra! I actually had an absurd amount of trouble making this post, so thank you for saying it was well put. ^_^ I initially had planned to do just a single direction of quilting, but I’m glad I changed my mind!

    • anne Post author

      Wow, thank you!! Quite a bit of this was inspired by your cycles quilts, both taking on curves and the denser-than-normal-for-me quilting. 🙂 It’s hard for me to see curved piecing and not think matchstick because of your quilts!

    • anne Post author

      Wow, thank you Debbie! 😀 I’m a huge fan of your work, so I really appreciate the encouragement! I’m really trying to make quilting something I pay more attention to, but it’s definitely something I’m not super comfortable with. So thank you for the compliment, it means a lot!

  • Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

    This is beautiful, Anne. I got so excited when I saw the overall photograph – the green of the grass anchors the cool colors at the bottom of the quilt and the leaves turned red of the tree matches the warm tones at the top of the quilt. A perfectly frame for it! And your thoughts about what the quilt means to you… I especially related to the imprint of community on a scattered mind. Beautiful, all of it.

    • anne Post author

      Thank you so much, Yvonne. <3 The framing was just luck, but I actually considered hanging it upside down to make each part stand out a little more. hahaha
      I feel so fortunate to have "found my people" although I sure wish you all lived a lot closer!

    • anne Post author

      Wow, thank you so much, Audrey! If you could have seen the serious freakouts I had about the quilting, you would understand how much your compliment means to me. 😀

    • anne Post author

      You were one of my first quilty friends! Thank you for being a part of my world!! (Also: WHYyyyy do you live so far away???)

  • Jayne

    As I’m trying to think of something to say that doesn’t sound like I’m a big dork (deleting each sentence as I go)…I’ll just say gorgeous, beautiful quilting (you are crazy), thank you and thank you!

    • anne Post author

      HAhahahaah I <3 you! This post is a thousand times shorter than my usual posts because I deleted so much of it because I sounded like a ginormous dork. I finally just posted it anyway. ^_^ <3 And the only reason this quilting didn't kill me is that it's only 36" x 36". HAhahaha

    • anne Post author

      Thank you so much, Colleen! I really appreciate your kind words, especially after how much self-doubt I had over the quilting!

  • Am

    The more I look at it, the more I love it. Your analogy with the quilting world was perfect. It makes me miss my quilting time, because I made so many new friends when I started quilting. : )

    • anne Post author

      Thank you so much, Amoreena! I bet you’ve met some wonderful people in the cooking world, too. It seems like as soon as you start following your passion, you find other people to share it with. ^_^ With that said, I still consider you part of my quilting community, and I’m so glad you’re a part of it! <3

  • knitnkwilt

    The quilt looks good, and I love quilts with meaning (whether apparent or needing explanation). The quilting is especially effecting, from the corners (alone) to the center(community). One thing I couldn’t tell online: did you use the same color thread or change? That was a lot of detail matchstick quilting! Looks like lots of stops and starts too.

    • anne Post author

      Thank you so much! The thread is all the same, I didn’t change it although if I’d had more colors on hand, I might have tried it. 🙂 I didn’t start and stop, I just turned the quilt 90 degrees, sewed a couple stitches, then another 90 and went back the other direction. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but if you look at the photo of the back of the quilt, you can probably see what I mean. 🙂 With that said, still quite a few threads to bury, but not as many as it could be!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you Sarah! Aren’t quilty people some of the best people? ^_^ I had no idea what I was stumbling into when I first start piecing some pretty fabric together! But I am so thankful for it. 🙂

    • anne Post author

      Thank you, Felicity! These are definitely not colors I would normally gravitate towards, but I really enjoyed how they ended up playing together. 🙂

  • Liz

    This quilt is stunning, and made even more beautiful by the message behind it. As a fellow introvert, I can completely relate. The quilting community is such a welcoming and generous bunch!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you Liz! And you are so right about how welcoming and generous everyone is! I find it amazing how quickly the community snaps into action when there is a need. And it sure does make it easy for an introvert to feel welcome! ^_^

    • anne Post author

      Thank you, Gina! I really appreciate the kind comments. 🙂 It was definitely one of those projects that sort of took on a life of its own and went places I wasn’t expecting!

  • Sandra

    Wow, this is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with our community of crafters online. I like both the front and the back, though they are very different, it’s like two quilts in one.

    • anne Post author

      Thank you, Sandra! In some ways I kind of regret pairing that back with the front as they are really quite different, but I honestly couldn’t face making yet another back after that one was done. Hahaha

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! The quilting is the thing I had the most self-doubts about, so I’m so pleased people are responding to it positively. 🙂 I TOTALLY get you on the shy front! I was the VP of our MQG and I was like “nooo don’t make me talk!!” but once I got to know people and realized they didn’t mind me babbling about color and quilting, I was fine. 😀

  • handwroughtquilts

    LOVE the quilting on this especially. Very nicely done. And yay for introverts! I’m the founder/president of the local MQG and damn, I’m shy. But let me talk about quilts for a while and I don’t shut up. (And people don’t believe I’m shy).

    • anne Post author

      Thank you Ruth! I am considering doing a couple lines of hand-quilting in the curves, but I’m also afraid of messing it up so may just leave well enough along. 🙂 I guess I’ll see. Laziness may win out on this one. ^_^

    • anne Post author

      Thank you, Lynette! I had such a hard time writing this post because I felt so self-conscious about it all, and it makes me so happy how well the quilt is being received. I’m so pleased how many other people have “found their people” in the quilting community! What a great group. 😀

  • Rejeanne

    What can I say that hasn’t been said? Love your style, your colours, your quilting and your lovely story. Time for me to stay home and get quilting!! Very inspiring, Anne. Thanks for sharing.

    • anne Post author

      Thank you Rejeanne, and thank you for being such a lovely part of my community! 😀 I’m glad you’re going to get a few weeks off from travel and I can’t wait to see what you create! <3

    • anne Post author

      Thank you Debbie! My only regret with this quilt is that I didn’t make it bigger to better represent our awesome community. Although given that I was constrained by the amount of fabric I had on hand, I guess that wasn’t a possibility. 🙂