Whether our relationship is strained or easy, hostile or amiable, we need our mother if only in memory …to conjugate our history, validate our femaleness and guide our way.
~ Victoria Secunda
The last few years of my mother’s life were difficult – not what you want to remember as a daughter. I turned into the bad guy – making the hard decisions that she couldn’t make like moving out of her home, moving into a care facility, having a knee replacement and telling her that her youngest daughter had died. I didn’t enjoy being the “bad guy”. I was actually out shopping at a quilt shop the morning that she died. I had purchased this applique pattern “Morning Glory: A celebration in Applique” by Lori Smith. I’ve just completed it about 8 months after her death and just a couple of weeks before her committal service. The applique square were not set in the same way as the pattern suggested. I used a William Morris border print to create the square within the square. Each square has a batik that complements the design.The squares are outlined with black and a light lavendar sashing.
The squares are hand appliqued.
The sashing is quilted with a light lavendar thread.
The size of a quilting is varied in the inside border and the outside border
The quilt is approximately 62×62. It is hand appliqued and hand quilted.
May your relationship and memories of your mother be sweet!
There’s no better way to spend a long, cold winter than by hiding away in my quilt space. Whether I’m daydreaming, creating designs or using a tried and true pattern, burying myself in color and pattern make the days fly away. One of my big projects over the past few months is a pattern from Michele Hill’s book “More William Morris Applique” http://www.ctpub.com/productdetails.cfm?SKU=10878 published by C & T publishing in 2012. I’ve always been fascinated by the art created during the Arts and Crafts Movement and especially like some of the fabric designed by William Morris.
I used a fused raw edge technique and finished the edges with a double buttonhole stitch. I used a rayon thread to enhance the designs and set off the colors. I mixed batiks and more traditional cotton fabrics. I enhanced the edge with a bright yellow piping. I used a wool batt, which is a dream to hand quilt. It does however have a higher loft, but with the crosshatching quilting I think that it set off the designs.
Here are some close up details. . .
machine applique, hand quilting