Most days, I'll admit to being an optimist...a relentless finder of silver linings in the clouds of woe we call daily life. My current cloud and its lining, you ask? My computer crashed bigtime, big bucks, BIG loss of time, work and memories---majorly big crash. If we want to play some creepy music we can do the conspiracy theory thing: it crashed the day before Windows 7 came out, the cause of the crash was a Windows glitch! Hmmmm.
But cut off from my computer, I found I suddenly had LOTS of extra time and finally finsihed a number of current projects including two quilt tops. Yay! I am very happy to report that the second quilt was sent to the quilter this morning, the other went last week.
I have my quilts machine quilted by Jen Wagner at Wagner Quilting:
http://www.wagnerquilting.com/ . Jen also has a very cool blog, the link is on her website. And her conpany does exquisite quiting always, with very fast service.
Below is Quilt #1, an original quilt by me, in indigo. This quilt represents at least 3 1/2 years of planning and sewing; the fabrics are almost entirely ethnic or antique hand-dyed, &/or homespun cottons. Many are Japanese farmers' cloth, called kasuri, c.1870-1910. They often utilised ikat dying along with the indigo dye. Ikat is an ancient technique---almost like tie-dying the warp threads of a fabric. Many other fabrics are hand-blocked batiks [wax-resist/handblocked] from exotic places like Bali, Tonga, and Indonesia. There are also hand-block printed fabrics from Africa and Japan and a few bits of kimono silks. An antique textiles dealer who is a good friend donated antique American indigo fabrics too. Often these treasured scraps are recycled from the backings of antique American quilts that have shredded into hopelessness.
I also used a seashell motif American cotton toile that I tea-dyed for a softer color. My "block" was freeform using the shell fabric as a unifier. The shell blocks are divided by scrappy "bars" of Chinese Coins" pattern strips. The backing is a chocolate toile with a turquoise tropical Palms motif and the binding will also be the Chinese Coins strips, if it goes as planned. The quilting pattern is a palm leaf motif called "Tropical Palms".
her Colorado stoneware crock, now mine---with new hydrangeas