My braided strippy is the last of the squirrels that filled my design wall for months. It’s pinned and I’m handquilting it with big stitch. When I shared it with my modern group, Kristen – @mamacatquilts, posted a picture of it on IG and called it “Fern’s braid gone rogue quilt.”
Hmmmm….. I liked that name, although I did do a quick dictionary search of “rogue” before I fully embraced it.
Definition #1: Unprincipled, unreliable, a scoundrel or rascal…..um, not so much.
Definition #2: One who is playfully mischievious. Ok, I like that! Playfully mischievious is an apt description of how I approach quilting. After all, if I’m not having fun, why am I doing it???!!!
But honestly, I did not start out with the intention of going rogue. I was inspired after seeing an exhibit of old quilts combined with Kaffe Fassett’s reinterpretations at the San Jose Quilt Museum last summer.
I had seen pictures of this quilt in both Patchwork and Quilting in Britain and Kaffe’s Heritage Quilts but seeing it up close and personal was captivating. It was made from a combination of chevrons and braids but I was particularly drawn to the braid part and went straight home to experiment making my own braid.
Sewing one strip at a time was a tedious process. My first braid attempt seemed too wide – about 10″ and a bit too random. I started a second braid, making it 5″ wide and was more thoughtful as I selected the color and size of each strip. Eventually I went back and cut the first one down – an inch or two at a time. And yes, I saved the cut-offs!
But as you know from my earlier posts, I got distracted…. and so it sort of sat for a few months.
Although I hadn’t completely abandoned it, once the Sweet Adeline Show was up I had time to really focus on it again. I started connecting the various braids, changing the direction and incorporating all the little cut-offs. It was now a matter of connecting and putting all the parts together….. In the end, I sort of did a braid and sort of didn’t…… As Kristen said, I “went rogue” but it was so much fun!