The first assignment for my Media Intervention printmaking class was about Identity, and we had to either create three different pieces by printing the same image and alter it, or print the same image and alter it three different ways.
As usual I made things more complicated for myself than they really needed to be and decided I would make a quilt out of three printed pattern elements that I felt represented significant parts of myself.
I made a paper model of the block I wanted to use first, something that definitely helped me make some decisions. For some reason I’m shocked every time I make a quilt how small the pieces end up after they’re all cut and sewn so many times, so I decided to double the size of everything so the finished blocks would end up being 18″ rather than 9″.
I silkscreened my images onto 10″ squares of cotton fabric (except for the blue, I wasn’t paying enough attention and bought a cotton-poly blend on accident.) After printing, I cut them down to the sizes they needed to be for the pattern I was using – all sizes between 7″ and 9 /4″.
Then I went to work sewing them together.
I still have to put the layers of the blanket together and do the actual quilting part, but the quilt top is finished.
(And will fit quite nicely on my bed when it is finished)