Quilting Moonlight with Recycled Shirts

Still working on the Full Moon in Taurus quilt.  Here’s what I did instead of the lace/tulle treatment —

Better-moonlight

This is more in line with what I want for this quilt than the lace I initially placed.

 

lacey-moonlight

lace too bright

tracing-shadows

tracing to define house shadows

light-cut-to-size

shiny tulle for moonlight

shiny-tulle-shadows

better than just lace, but --

When I saw one of my prize new thrift shop purchases —

bub-shirt

I saw moonlight and shadows all over it.

Other things on table this week —

studio-table

I love the unintentional symbol of financial demise created by the shadow’s traced edge placed over the bull.

I have made a couple of journal quilts expressing my outrage at the greedy, stupid, short-sighted, ridiculous laissez-faire-AynRand-Republican-lessgovernment/regulation-is-godly types (though Democrats played their part) that created the financial catastrophe of ’08.

I am not done expressing my outrage.

A recent Vanity Fair with photos of some of the big players (all the back-door dealings with billions flung at institutions to ‘save’ the economy also make me crazy, even IF it was the right thing to do)… will provide fodder.

JQ-mar-9-full

Journal Quilt, March 2009

This is one of my Economy quilts — if you look at the brown and white toile of a harvest scene, you’ll see that I blotted out the peasant slaving away to earn his bread with a big black square.  (Since then, I drew the figure back with some thread)…  You’ll also see a precipitously declining zigzag representing the crash, as well as a Hawaiian deep indigo palm print cut and rearranged to create a feeling of a hurricane.  The little house in the upper right remains relatively untouched.  I suppose that could represent the fact that I am in my home, we are paying our mortgage, and the housing market where I live is relatively stable. This is a huge blessing, but does not quite counter the ten years of savings that we lost.

I want to stop feeling like that peasant.  No — I want to stop BEING that peasant.

4 thoughts on “Quilting Moonlight with Recycled Shirts

  1. Maggie

    The new shadows from the moon are much deeper! Nice work.

    My (teacher) office is now in the midst of 6th – 8th grade students. I love going out into the hallway when they are changing classes and trying not to be intimidated. It just makes me feel wonderful. Your teen-photos bring across a similar feeling: like dude what are YOU (any of you) doing in my kitchen?

    I went to a craft fair today and purchased a few small things. I hope you are selling lots this season. Your work is so incredibly beautiful.

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  2. deemallon Post author

    Thanks, Maggie. I did well today, and well last week — mostly small items, though.

    Are you still teaching the little ones (and just walking among the middle schoolers?)

    Halloween was a kick this year — that’s eighth grade!

    Dee

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