Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Picking Up the Needle Again

Remember the fabulous hippy-dippy quilt I was working on a few months back? The reason you never saw any pictures of the completed work was that it took a conceptual U-turn when my friendship with the intended recipient ended quite abruptly.

I was faced with what I saw as an ethical dilemma. I had basically finished the centre panel of the quilt, and intended to border it with blocks depicting scenes from the life of the person it was for. Even though I had put a great deal of effort and planning into the images, and I was encouraged by some friends to go ahead and finish it anyway, it didn't seem right to do such personal work when my heart was in a completely different place.

So I scrapped the story images, but kept the corner pieces depicting the directional winds. The quilt now seemed more about place rather than a person. I was reminded of a favourite quote from Canadian poet Alden Nowlan by Bascom Hogue's blog. "For those who belong nowhere, and for those who belong to one place too much to belong anywhere else." I have always felt that these words applied perfectly to the little island where I live.

So, typically, I have made things exponentially more time-consuming for myself. After laying out the text in a single line that will travel up the left side, across the top, down the right side, and across the bottom, I considered some form of applique. I decided I wanted to bring more colour to the green border, and to echo the rainbow in the centre, so I bought a pack of rainbow coloured batik cottons. I then set about drawing out the letters, tracing them in reverse on Steam-A-Seam Lite fusible web, applying each letter in sequence on a different colour, cutting the letters, arranging them and fusing them in place.

But I have little faith in the longevity of fusible web, so have now begun working a little blanket stitch around each one inch wide letter. Yeah. I hope to be finished by June 30. Uh huh.

I just know it will be incredible when it's done. In oh so many ways.


  1. keep on keepin' on Heather. I can't wait to see it finished...even if it's five years from now.

  2. Anonymous5:41 PM

    That is a nice little teaser, I look forward to seeing more.


  3. I am sure that it will be a piece of art anyway. And knowing from where you started and the path you followed to finish it will make the quilt even more interesting.

  4. the quilt is becoming more about YOU and how you deal with life. However long it takes it is going to hold a lot of memories, keep on stitchin'.

  5. It's your baby! You get to rock it you Rocket!


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