This quilt tells a story. It’s not an easy one to tell.
Incomplete represents my emotional state over the last few months. I found it hard to be excited about anything. I no longer enjoyed the things I used to. I was surviving my days. The worst part is I didn’t fully realize how deep into this melancholy I was, or how it was affecting my life and the people I love. I was disconnected and empty. Then about the middle of July I had an eye opening experience, and I was finally able to see what was happening. At about the same time, my friend Amy asked if I wanted to test a block series for her, and another friend had a close family member pass away. Everything clicked for me, and “Incomplete” was born.
Every part of this quilt represents something. Many of which are personal, and it’s hard for me to open up and talk about things sometimes (this post has take me months to write). From the disconnected little guy in the corner, to the “empty” spaces in the blocks and quilting, and the straight lines across the rest of quilt, everything means something to me.
The one thing I want to talk about are those blank spots in each block. If you look closely you will see that they are pieced with a white solid that is not the same shade of white as the rest of the quilt. Those blank spaces were really pieces that were still there, but just had to be rediscovered. Parts of me weren’t actually missing, I just needed to see them in a different light in order to find them again. It took patience, understanding, and help from my family and close friends. I will forever be grateful to them.
Now I can happily say that if I were to test this block again, it’d be a lot more full and colorful.
The rest is hard to put into words. This quilt serves as a reminder of what’s behind, and what’s ahead, and no matter what, you will never actually lose yourself. Sometimes you only need a little need help to see.
Thank you all.