Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Breakup Quilt

Hello everyone!  As some of you may know, my husband and I are now separated.  Yup, it's a crappy time in my life right now, but what can you do, life happens.  A few weeks ago, I found some fabric that really spoke to me...namely my skull and crossbone and black chain fabric.  Both of these fabrics are out of my comfort zone and not the sort of things I'm usually drawn to, but right now, they are perfect for me.  I've made mourning quilts and joyful quilts and quilts for babies and just because quilts and everything in between, so I thought why not channel all the emotions I'm feeling into a breakup quilt?  I'm not following a pattern, I'm just doing whatever feels intuitive quilt I guess.  The colours are dull, the symbolism is pretty obvious, nothing subtle here, but that's fine...I've never claimed to be an artist, so this isn't art by any means, I'm just doing what feels right and seeing where it takes me.


I made this block a few days ago and it's been sitting on my floor, waiting for the next step in the process.

Time to make the first cut.

Four triangles ready to go...
Auditioning grey fabric to tie the pieces together...I like this, but it's perhaps too busy...I'm looking for something dull.

This one is better, it has a very subtle pattern that I prefer even though the colour is a little lighter than I wanted.

Time to make some random cuts in each triangle.

More the orange, but again, not the right place for this, need something darker, more sombre.
Ok, I like this greyish purple.
Start sewing the pieces together randomly without worrying about placement or width of the fabric.

Triangles are done and ready to put together.

Done and ready to be trimmed down.

What began as a 12 x 12 inch block is now an 10.5 x 11 inch block.
First border around it.  It's on my design wall now and I'm mulling over what needs to be done next.  I'm not sure if I want this to become a centre medallion in my quilt or if I want to make a number of different blocks and then tie them together with one fabric...mmmh, decisions, decisions.


  1. It was fun to see your thought process as you made that block. I really like the result!

  2. Great to channel those emotions into something creative. I like the block and the colours-I've always liked red and purple together. And I do like the idea of using it as a centre medallion.

  3. Mary, I'm loving your red and white goddess quilt and am blown away at how fearless you are to go cutting into a perfectly good block like the breakup one--it worked out great and really speaks to "breakup", but the more I look at it, the more I think of Japan--the red in the centre, the look of samurai swords and the purple waves of a tsunami. Yes, Japan is all broken up now too. Don't deny being an artist my friend!

  4. I love the way you cut those blocks up.That's my kind of quilting!

  5. I love this quilt.
    i love that you can put you emotions into quilting like a painting.
    I wish there were more programs for quilting for younger adults....
    I think I personally would become addicted :P


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