The Rebel

56994092_10216755980666428_831837540628561920_nLibs Elliott came to town, gave a talk and held a Rebel quilt workshop. More than a year later, my Rebel quilt has finally come under control. Well, almost.

59648083_10216755981026437_5141279271553073152_nNow, I have to tell you the Rebel caused me some angst, as rebels are wont to do. I was in a “sew my stash” period, which always adds to the challenge of fabric selection, particularly when you decide to use no solids except for the background. To make matters worse, I was exploring a palette outside my usual choices, inspired by the cover of Vintage Quilt Revival. I know, it isn’t really the same. Inspiration is fluid if you’re sewing your stash.

What did happen is that I second guessed my colours every step of the way. When fellow guild members brought their lovely, more monochromatic, solid Rebels to show and tell, I wondered even more if I had made a mistake. With the long arm out of commission, I could postpone the inevitable unsatisfactory finish until, finally, the machine seemed to be behaving and I needed to finish the quilt to gift it.

I added borders to contain the rebellion. No. I added borders so I wouldn’t lose my points when the quilt was bound. Besides, I wanted to explore a little free motion combined with straight line quilting. Each background section got a curvy motif and each coloured one got straight lines.

59392788_10216757787031586_6567174170050822144_nFinally, she was ready for her photo shoot. I really wanted some graffiti in the picture, as a tribute to Libs and her tattoos. You know how there seems to be graffiti everywhere? Not where I live, there isn’t,  and certainly not with a nice rail or fence on which to attach a quilt. One spot tempted me, but there were multiple police cars around and I really wasn’t sure I’d be welcome, so I headed home, via a quilt store. I pulled into the industrial centre parking lot to get thread and saw my backdrop. 60012351_10216755980266418_7470787657941909504_nThrilled with my success, I arrived home, but I felt a little sad for the beautiful quilt, so I took her to the pond for a moment on the bench. And yes, after all the agonizing, I find her beautiful.

She’s off to live happily ever after with some newlyweds. May they live happily ever after, too.

Linking up to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

23 thoughts on “The Rebel

  1. You had a bit of an ornery child finish this month too!! Oh how I LOVE this quilt!!! You are so lucky to have had the opportunity to take a class with Libs. I need to perhaps look across the river into Detroit and area for big names… I love it on the bench but oh it looks so good on the building there too—what the English teacher in me would say fabulous juxtaposition!


  2. Everything about this quilt says, “Rebel!” – the fabric choices, the quilting, the border…all with eye popping results. The newlyweds receiving this quilt are lucky indeed!


  3. Hi Ann! Oh of course Rebel would live up to its namesake and not cooperate for a photo shoot. HAHA! Just like the blocks blowing off the pier and into the water. Indeed, inspiration is fluid especially within the confines of one’s stash. Oooh, that quilting looks fab and I love the idea of curvy in the white areas and lines in the colored. How fun! Aww, your little Rebel is really nice. I love your fabric choices in spite of your angst. May Rebel bring the newlyweds much happiness and many blessings. They will certainly feel all the love you stitched into it. ~smile~ Roseanne


  4. Well, I’m glad you went with your stash and stayed out of your comfort zone. It’s a rebelliously beautiful quilt with all those colors and points and fun. I like the border with varying widths too, and I’ll be keeping that idea in mind for future projects. You found a great spot for the photo — why is it one can never find that perfect spot when you need it? Right? Great finish!


      1. Ann, I love the Rebel quilt! I’m glad it all worked together so well in the finished product. I’m sure it will live happily ever after with the new couple. Just. Love. It.


  5. I love it, and your little story about searching for made-to-order graffitti too. It’s always the way, it seems so ubiquitous until you “need” some. Glad you trod your own path with your fabric choices, it is easy to second guess, but now you have an amazing finish that is all you and very contemporary. I hope the newlyweds adore it.


    1. Thanks, Dione. I thought our city was full of graffiti, but it wasn’t. I’m almost inspired to do some more colour exploration, but it was a bit nerve wracking. I’ll have to use some of your palettes for inspiration.


  6. What a neat quilt! If you hadn’t called it a ‘rebel’, I would never have guessed! I love how you changed up the quilting … straight for coloured and curved for background! That’s a fantastic idea!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂


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