We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives. Gary Zukav
Spring has arrived. Hints of summer are evident in the heat the last few days. The garden is being planted. The weeds are coming up! The colors are changing! The latest quilt reminds me of the greens of spring and the turquoises of the melting streams.
The central panel is a hand dyed fabric in the shibori style. The central appliqué design is from a Celtic circular bronze shield boss dredged from the river Thames near Wardsworth, London, England and estimated to be from approximately 300-200 BC.
The quilt is approximately 54 x70 “. It is hand appliqued and hand quilted. Completed 2017.
“The waterwheel accepts water and turns and gives it away, weeping.”― Jalaluddin Rumi
I like to collect fabric while traveling. The salmon colored fabric was picked up in Grand Island, Nebraska several years ago. It has sat on the shelf looking at me for several years. I finally found a way to use it that preserved the sun dying of the leaf patterns. The wheel fabric down the center was picked up on the say through Sedona, Arizona last year. The center of the border was picked up on a visit to Virginia Beach, Va. And yes, I do support the local quilt shops also and we have some great ones here in Salt Lake City,
This piece was hand appliqued and hand quilted. 52″x60″. Completed 2016
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus
A good friend of mine, from my local quilt guild, taught a class in seminole strip piecing in the spring. I have finally put it together and finished it.
The center panel is American Indian floral designs that are machine appliqued with a blanket stitch to enhance the colors and design.
The quilt is 68×94 inches. It is machine appliqued and machine quilted.
Imagination makes us aware of limitless possibilities. How many of us haven’t pondered the concept of infinity or imagined the possibility of time travel? In one of her poems, Emily Bronte likens imagination to a constant companion, but I prefer to think of it as a built-in entertainment system. Alexandra Adornetto
Circles are such a universal symbol of timelessness, eternity, cycles of life, completion, unity, regeneration and on and on. The Celts used spiral and circles in so many of their decorations and I am intrigued by the never ending variety of them.
I found the background fabric for the spirals on a sale table in a shop in Virginia. I couldn’t bear to cut it up, so decided to put the spirals on the top of each so the wonderful marbling on the fabric could still show. The quilt is then outlined with random length blocks to show off the designs. Aiden Meehan has done a series of books that are extremely helpful in drafting celtic designs and he also does a wonderful job of historical and developmental aspects of the designs.
Here are close ups of two of the spirals.
The quilts is 50×64 inches. Designs are hand appliqued and the quilt is hand quilted in black thread. Here’s a peek at the back.
“Being broken isn’t the worst thing. We can be mended and put together again. We don’t have to be ashamed of our past. We can embrace the history that gives us value, and see our cracks as beautiful.”
― Anna White, Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith
If you know quilters or have been around quilting much, you’ve heard horror stories about sending quilts off to quilt shows and some of the things that happen to your works of art in the process. This story is a little different. This summer I sent this quilt off to a quilt show on the East Coast.
It traveled to the show and back. We had a trip planned before the quilts came back. There was someone staying at the house while we were gone to house sit and dog sit.
Our cute little (?) dog, Frankie hasn’t shown the slightest interest in any of my quilts. I have them over the backs of chairs and on a couple of quilt stands in her range. She is part lab and part huskie. We adopted her from a rescue center not quite a year ago and she has a delightful personality- – – most of the time! Can you see where this is going?
I had warned the house sitter to be on the lookout for a package with my quilts in them. They arrived, safe and sound, and were placed on the middle of the table, presumably out of reach of the dog. They were left there while some other projects were completed. Then the house sitter returned to find Frankie in the middle of the living room and a significant hole in one of the quilts.
When we returned home, the poor lady that was staying at the house was beside herself! All the other quilts had been striped from chairs and quilt racks and put behind closed doors. Fortunately, I don’t buy just enough fabric to finish a specific project, but wait for the fabric to speak to me or dance for me, so digging through scraps, I found enough to do a repair.
This is the after. It probably is not show ready anymore, but repaired pretty well and now has a great story and memory to go with it!
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