I was lucky to attend QuiltCon 2015 in Austin this past February. It was an amazing event and I came away totally overloaded with inspiration. I met many internet friends and quilting celebrities, saw an amazing number of spectacular quilts, and had a fantastic trip with my Seattle Modern guild friends. I was able to take two classes while there: quilting with Angela Walters and a workshop with the Gee's Bend quilters. I learned a lot and finally finished (last month!) my mini quilt from my Gee's Bend workshop.
I choose to hand quilt my mini since that is the way the Gee's Bend quilters finish their work. It was the perfect size to carry with me and I completed most of the quilting while at our Friday homeschool co-op. My fabrics are a mix of old men's shirts that were my husbands, a small scrap of green, and a bunch of neutral scraps (some mine and some from the scrap bin at the workshop). I included one small scrap of Cotton & Steel pink in the corner. It seemed appropriate given how popular Cotton & Steel was at the convention and it gave it a nice little pop of color.
I have very mixed feelings about this project. The workshop was not was I was anticipating and it was a process that I find difficult. Improve is just not my thing even though I keep trying. I am pleased with what I created and it will go on my wall of mini quilts in my sewing room. I did learn a few interesting tips when working with improve from the workshop that make it more accessible to me so there might be more improve in the future (or not!).