I read somewhere recently that its mentally good for you to have a side project. Well, I’ve got a ton of those, but none that had any consistency or relevance to each other. The idea of doing a quilt scale study came along because of another project (go figure..). I signed up for a mini-mini quilt swap between my home quilt guild (the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild) and the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. We were to take our partner’s likes and preferences and make a mini quilt with a perimeter of 48″ or less. My swap partner likes stars so I automatically wanted to make a paper pieced star pattern I had seen previously, but the blocks were 12″ square. So, using my handy graphic design skills I revised the pattern and made a series of VERY tiny paper pieced stars. And then I thought, if I could shrink patterns, what tiny things could I enlarge? What things that are normally really small, would look amazing REALLY large?

I started making a list – everyday objects, animals, insects, etc. that are supremely detailed, but under appreciated because of their small size. Creating paper piecing patterns requires reimagining the item in geometric form, so if I can’t find an already published paper piecing pattern that the creator doesn’t mind me enlarging, I’ll have to create them myself.

My first piece will be in collaboration with my friend and former co-worker Evan Grice. He has illustrated a series of geometric insects he has named Entomo and I will be converting his Yellow Jacket bee illustration into a paper piecing pattern and making him larger than life; literally!

And there’s the name of my series – Larger than Life. I just came up with that as I typed those words above – love it when that happens! Stay tuned for updates as the series progresses and I add more designs to the project.