One of my favorite Wendell Berry quotes is this one, from his famous poem “Manifesto, Mad Farmer Liberation Front“:
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
And another, from another well know Berry poem “The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer“:
I love both poems and they kept coming to mind as I embarked on this ridiculous medallion quilt about three years ago. Here is a post from 2014. As I say in that earlier post, this quilt was definitely inspired by “15 Minutes of Play” by Victoria Findlay Wolfe — though I must admit I spent more than 15 minutes working on this quilt!
I have finished it just in time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival and am sharing it in the festival in the scrappy category – I think it qualifies! Check out all the great scrap quilts here and feel free to vote for me to win a prize 🙂 I have another quilt in the hand quilting category, my Improv Star.
I have also finished this time to enter it into the Septemeber Sewing Challenge hosted by The Sewing Loft in honor of National Sewing Month. Lots of fun projects over there as well to check out!
The quilt is about 90×90 inches – so a real challenge to photograph, I might get some better ones but I am not really sure how to accomplish that at some point. I keep day dreaming about constructing some kind of quilt hanging apparatus, but when am I supposed to do that? I’m too busy trying to use up the rest of my scraps!
Most of the dark gray repeated throughout the quilt is from organic sheets from Target – one of my favorite fabrics for quilt backs for quilts I sell, and so I have a ton of small strips of it from over the years.
I quilted most of the quilt with a loopy flying geese/meandering triangles quilt pattern. I thought about quilting each part separately but it just didn’t seem right. I wanted something to kind of unify the quilt over all. However, I did do special quilting in the border, which I’m really happy with.
This quilt has bred more and more scraps and turned into several additional pink and gray scrap quilts, including this mini-quilt, which I made with just the scraps from the border!
I was originally going to do a pieced back, and got the back 75% pieced, but one day I decided the quilt would be too heavy, and that very day there was a sale on Tula Pink Freefall Wide backing. Who am I to disagree with fate?