Greetings! Since returning from vacation, I’ve settled back into my routine of working daily on various quilt projects, going back and forth between them based on the technique I feel most drawn to doing at the time. Such scattered attention contributes to my slow progress on each project, but that’s how I generally enjoy working and the pleasure of the process is important to me.
I have “tackled” the center medallion for “Sweet Journeys.” Here’s the pattern:
I appliquéd down all the stems and the center design and have started on the 12 leaves (click on pictures to enlarge!)
After the 12 leaves comes the hard part – 180 grapes!!! This is going to take a while! The colors in the last close up are most true and capture the richness of the colors better than the picture of all the blocks, which looks kind of washed out.
I have decided to finish all the embroidery and the circle additions on the winter quilt blocks before making any more new ones:
A tentative title for the winter quilt is “A Winter Reverie,” or “Winter Reveries.”
I sewed the second doll quilt blocks together after playing with them a bit and deciding to keep them the way I had them arranged on the design wall. Options are limited because the number of blocks is small. I added the borders:
I plan to add a line of cheddar colored embroidery stitches where the center and borders come together. Now I can add both doll quilt #1 and doll quilt #2 to the ” need to be hand quilted” pile. Speaking of which, I picked up the silk quilt which is now basted and have it laid out on a bed to study for a few days, trying to figure out how to quilt it. I am pretty certain I will stitch in a circular manner between the embroidered spirals and do some straight line stitching in the dark blue background. Will probably stick with straight stitching in the stars too. I think there’s too much detail throughout the quilt to go with any type of overall curved line stitching. That would likely end up competing for attention with the pieced design and I don’t think that would be good. I want the pieced design to take center stage:
Just before our vacation, I shopped in Barnes and Noble for a book to take along for pleasure reading. I always browse the quilt magazines while there and look what I found and had to purchase!!:
This issue focuses on Massachusetts and there’s a nice article about the New England Quilt Museum and Pam Weeks the curator there (who, of course, invited me to have my exhibit there!!). What a lovely publication!
While in Arizona we went to the Arizona Desert Art Museum in Tucson where there was a fabulous exhibit of Navaho Textiles. I absolutely loved some of the rugs on display. Unfortunately no pictures were allowed. There was no catalogue for the exhibit either – bummer! However, when we went to the Heard Museum in Phoenix, their gift shop had this wonderful book on Navaho Textiles with great pictures so I had to get it:
I really like many of the designs and, in a way, they make me think of the modern quilt movement – some would potentially make interesting modern quilts. I think one of the reasons I’m drawn to them is that many are red – my favorite color!!! -, often with black and gold. That color combination is a favorite of mine. Take a look at these examples:
Speaking of modern quilts, I recently enjoyed browsing/looking at the Quilt Con winners from this year on the Quilt Con web site. I’m not a huge fan of modern quilts in the same way that I’m not a huge fan of abstract art. However, when done well, this style quilt can be interesting and even beautiful. I thought that overall this year’s winners were a significant improvement from previous years – just my opinion. Perhaps with time this new style is “maturing”! One thing that is noticeable is that the winners were OVERWHELMINGLY made of solid fabrics – not sure if that was true for the whole show. One of the things that drew me to quilting was printed fabrics. I still love them far more than solids and I enjoy the challenge of combining them in an artful way. Not sure I will ever want to mostly use solids….
Here are 4 more Japanese quilts from the exhibit at NEQM:
Loved the green color use, the leaves and blossoms, and the hand quilting in this one. Great pieced background!:
Beautiful hand appliqué and quilting in this one and nice medallion style construction. Loved the trapunto!:
I’ve always enjoyed night scenes with a moon:
The construction and color use were both stunning in this quilt:
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi