Greetings! It’s hard for me to believe that it was 5 years ago this month that I started this blog. I had been reading various blogs for some time and decided this was something I’d like to try, having no idea if I would like it enough to stick to it – obviously I have! I have very much enjoyed getting to know other quilters through my blog and web site – people I would almost certainly never have gotten to know otherwise. I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts and my creative processes. It was weird at first, not having any idea if anyone was reading what I was writing. That was before I knew there was a way to check how many views my posts were generating. I seem to have a relatively small readership that has grown over the years and have gotten positive feedback from those who enjoy reading what I write and the pictures I post so I will continue! My main hopes are that I have something worthwhile to say, work that is worth sharing, and that I don’t repeat myself too much! To my regular readers – thank you for sticking with me!!
Because the silk quilt has been on my design wall for quite some time and I can’t ignore looking at it while I’m in the room, I have been thinking off and on for a while whether or not, and how, to embellish it to add interest. That time arrived. This is a star quilt. I’ve been thinking about stars and galaxies. I thought about spiral galaxies and the idea of embroidering spirals came to me. I also thought about how intense/dense the embellishments should be and decided they should be simple and subtle – nothing too fancy to detract from the overall design. I looked up spirals – symbolism and how to draw them. Spirals are an ancient symbol with lots of different meanings – balance, progress, direction, centering, expansion, awareness, connection, journeying, development, etc. There are lots of examples of spirals in nature too. There are numerous types and different ways to draw them, including use of the “Fibonacci ratio.” I decided to draw them freehand!!! My spirals are the “logarithmic” type with the space between the lines increasing as they spiral out.
From a distance, you don’t notice the embellishments much (click on pics to enlarge):
But when you go closer you can see the spirals and also the little star rays in the centers of the actual stars:
I’m happy with the look so far. I’m using one strand of DMC floss. The spiral colors match the center circles but I’m going for contrast inside the stars. I like the slightly wobbly look of the spirals done freehand – long live wabi sabi!!! I have never used beads on a quilt, but am actually considering whether they might add further interest – stay tuned! Of course, even this simple embroidery is going to take a while!
I made one more pastel quilt block:
Here are the 4 of them so far crowded into the little space left on my design wall:
I am taking a bit of a break from hand quilting “We Are Stardust” because of the recent heat wave we had – 3 days of 90+ temps early last week. I knew I wouldn’t want a big quilt on my lap under those conditions! Hopefully I can catch up soon. Love the embroidery and appliqué hand work when it’s warmer.
Love watching my 2 hibiscus plants flower – buds that are ready open slowly over a few hours on one day:
My star quilt has inspired 3 of my recent haikus:
Dot the night sky if you look.
Who else is out there?
Spirals and clusters
With billions of hot, bright stars –
Moon viewing and star
Gazing put me in my place –
I am very much looking forward to going to the Vermont Quilt Festival this Friday – yay!! I haven’t been to a quilt show since my own guild’s show last October so am really excited. I’m hoping my knee holds out as I will be standing and walking a lot, but realize I may have to rest more often and pace myself more. I will be taking lots of pictures and will start posting them on my next blog post.
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi