The Big Hairy Scary
Several months ago, I noticed that Curated Quilts (a quarterly magazine) was taking submissions for their January 2020 Black & White issue. So began My Big Hairy Scary. It felt like a call to action to submit a design of my own to be considered for publication. Black and white was already in my wheelhouse. I am drawn to minimalism, simplistic, modern design. I love to allow fabric, texture and pattern tell the story. Initially I had two ideas, one design I’ve had rolling around in my head forever. I thought I could really bring it to life using 2019’s pantone color of the year Living Coral. I ended up making it first as a baby quilt. I chose to use some stripes in this quilt because I love the motion that they can add to a piece. Some may say stripes are unflattering to wear, but not me, I love them. They can change everything with just a tweak in their angle. Stripes don’t need to be treated like the ugly step-sister, embrace what they can do for you!
Part of my process is that I have strike when the iron is hot. Unfortunately, I don’t always get to choose when the inspiration comes. Some nights that means I pop out of bed at 2 AM and begin to cut and sew.
My other design ended up not turning out the way I had in mind… for now. Maybe I’ll pull it out of the “rejects bin” in a month or two and give it another try?
I have truly loved this process of going after The Big Hairy Scary, there is something about the thrill of the chase. I’ve never felt I knew myself like I do now. Something about this creative flow has really brought me into my own. I do have to thank my friend Michelle for giving me the push to do bigger, harrier, scarrier things. She wrote a post about one of her BHS goals and it inspired me to get out there and do the same. She’s amazing, follow her on Instagram @driftwoodstudios.
Submissions were due August 31st, and I haven’t heard anything yet! Whether I get published or not doesn’t really apply anymore. Here it is, for the whole world to see. I love this. ALL of it. I won’t quit just because this particular piece doesn’t end up in a magazine. (But if you’re reading this @curatedquilts, publish away!)