Quilting became Ben Millett's creative outlet outside his work at an agriculture company in Des Moines, Iowa. He enjoyed designing and piecing quilt tops, but would be frustrated that his quilting lines were wobbly. Around this same time, he realized that he was not as straight as he'd been convinced to be. "Not So Straight" became a tongue-in-cheek rally cry. (and for a time his brand name) as Ben quilted, reminding both himself and others of who he is. Ben takes a contemporary approach with his quilted projects, preferring to work with solids in saturated colors. He delights in modifying traditional quilt blocks and shapes to see what secondary patterns arise when using those blocks. His projects are meant for everyday use and for display, and sometimes both at the same time.
Ben Millett - Des Moines, Iowa 2022