A Brutiful Quilt for Project Quilting

This week’s project quilting challenge is sunrise/sunset. My quilt is called “Brutiful,” a term I heard this morning in a TED talk by Glennon Doyle Melton. It’s a mash-up of the words brutal and beautiful. Isn’t life both most of the time? This term is perfect for what I’ve been thinking about while designing and making the quilt this week. (Yes, only 7 days to make quilts in this challenge!) It’s thinking about a sunrise in autumn while in a deep dark pit. It’s the hope that in the brutal beautiful still exists and is accessible. With that in mind here’s my process story in photographs.

leavessunrise setting crumb blockssunrise big yellowsunrise small yellowsunrise start leaf
sunrise bold leafsunrise lines drawnHere’s the finished quilt. It’s 30×40 inches and has machine piecing, hand embroidery, hand quilting, and machine quilting. I did them in that order too. It’s bound in black so as not to distract from the dream. The sunrise is yellow, orange, and pink crumb-pieced blocks.Brutiful Quilt PQ Sunrise Challenge
Brutiful Quilt Close-UpClick here and check out the other sunrise/sunset projects. Vote for your favorites and be inspired by the art! 

I’m linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching and Main Crush Monday and Show and Tell Tuesday.



17 thoughts on “A Brutiful Quilt for Project Quilting

  1. Pingback: Day 30: Project Quilting’s Starting Soon | QUILTArtbymegan

  2. mulberrypatchquilts

    Love your “Project Quilting” art quilt….and your “crumb-pieced blocks”! What a great way of using up all the little bits & bobs we have left after a project. Mim going to have to give that a try…loved your YouTube explanation. 😄. Jane W

  3. Carla

    I’ve dabbled in crumb-piecing, but it never looks quite what I’m going for. You inspire me to try again. I really enjoyed reading about your creating process. Love PQ and how it stretches us. Great quilt and inspiring process.

    1. meganrememberswhen Post author

      I love the stretch too. You can try out (or try again) techniques without it having to be a big-deal thing. And the deadline encourages me to keep going when I’m learning rather than put it away for another time. Procrastination is the enemy of art sometimes. Thanks Carla.

  4. Diana @ Red Delicious Life

    Really like your process with this. I’m always amazed at some of the things that are on TED talks. My husband keeps up on them but I tend to forget about them for a while and then they’re all new to me. Visiting from stash bee as well.


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