For the longest time the only thing I could think of for Maverick was Tom Cruise in Top Gun. It must have been because he was my only big celebrity crush growing up. I was just the right age when the movie came out. I had poster hanging above my bed all through my early teen years. But there was no way I was going to attempt a portrait! I started to get a bit desperate as the weeks (ok months), so I headed to the dictionary. Maverick: an unbranded calf, a lone dissenter, a rebel. I took those ideas and went abstract.
My quilt definitely doesn't scream Maverick. It whispers with its soft colors. I have my field of branded cattle and the big unbranded steer. The lone dissenter in the sea of conformity. Ok, that may be forcing meaning on the quilt. Those were the thoughts I had beginning the process, but in the end it doesn't feel like a rebellious quilt.
When I really think about it my quilting style is actually quite Maverick. I don't follow any of the traditional rules or practices. I approach the whole process backwards, starting with the the quilting, then adding color and finishing with the piecing. I skipped the binding. The whole thing isn't even square and I have loose threads hanging on the edges. I'm sure I drive the quilt police crazy, or they don't even consider my work a quilt. Even with all that, I don't feel like a Maverick. How could I feel like a loner with all the support of this group?