Last week found me sick, distracted, and stuck, and so I did not post. It wasn’t that I didn’t have time, with the kids home and all, it was that I couldn’t stand to hear myself. Today my need to show up outweighs the need to feel presentable (and I DO feel better!).
These three ‘sketch’ quilts were made over the last two weeks. The Journal Quilt on the far right did not start out as a house, but once I put the windows on there was no going back.
The thing I like most about this quilt is not the final result, but the way the cotton batting took the needle as I hand-quilted the background. So often, I am quilting through four, five, six layers of fabric, one of which is drapery weight, with poly batting (almost necessitating pliers!), so I want to remember how smooth and easy this was for future projects. Also, I dyed the muslin in coffee and the aged look is nice. The house I can take or leave, mostly leave. Perhaps the slumping roof expresses the time of year and the wish to get out of town while staying home. For future projects, I also want to explore using that silk of the roof for ‘drawing’ a fish — I can just make out the beginnings of a large Pacific salmon in a leaping arc there.
I seem unable, however, to generate any polar bear that I can stand to incorporate into the kitchen table quilt. The bottom is nearly done, and the top, still waiting. I experimented, unsuccessfully, with printing onto lutrador, and also tried using oil pastels on fabric.
If I am going to include this in the quilts that will be showing at the Arsenal Center for the Arts starting Friday, I’ve got to hustle. Or jettison the idea of a polar bear altogether!
Here’s where I’ve been having some fun: