Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Project Quilting 10-2 Red, White and Blue


Making great use of the Park being closed, I had the chance to be in Florida for this week. I didn't bring any sewing stuff with me at all. I thought I'd just miss this one, but then an idea came to me and with limited materials and sewing by hand, I made a sailboat. 
  I just wanted to take it's picture on the beach, but the winds were SO high today that this was as far as I got without the entire boat flying away. 
  I used pellon stabilizer and quilted each piece of my boat before putting it together. I appliqued on the sails and I added the 98 to represent where I am. US 98, on the gulf coast. 

The waves are really kicked up today too.  Very beautiful as a study in whites and grays.

Just the other night, when the wind was calm, we were treated to a fabulous sunset. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

10-1 Hope Springs eternal


12.5"x 13"

" Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul 
and sings the tunes without the words
and never stops at all."
                                                            Emily Dickenson 

Project Quilting Season 10 begins with the theme, "Hope Springs Eternal". 
I have spent years creating my art in a corner of my bedroom. I have patiently waited until my girls grew up and moved out. I made do with what space I had to create in. I was not willing to defer my creativity until things were perfect and I had great hopes that, someday, I would have more space to make my art in. 

That time has finally arrived. I painted and my husband spent a lot of time (and some blood) installing a new floor so I could start out with what I really wanted. I am still moving into my space. I have many of the major elements in place and now it's a matter of tweeking for efficency. But it's here and it's mine! This challenge piece was my first piece created in my new art space. I am hopeful that it is the first of many more beautiful things made here.

The fabrics I used include the left over piece from a baby quilt for our newest addition to the family, My husband's nephew's young son and a batik I fell in love with with aqua and fire combined. 

I chose Emily Dickenson's quote because she was mostly a hermit except for her corespondence with others. When I work, I meet thousands of people daily. I enjoy having this quiet time when the park is closed to recharge and focus on my home and art.