First of all, thank you all for your comments and e-mails. I had a busy week (again some health issues) and even though I had good intentions to write to you last week, it never happened.
But here we are now, another wintery week about to begin up here, we have lots of new snow and last week had a fair amount of sunshine. Hopefully the extra cold wind that has been coming this way straight from the Arctic Ocean is mellowing down.
Last October I started to make these small (10" x 10" / 25cm x 25cm) quilts, decided to make one a week restricting myself to techniques that could be accomplished in this given time. My idea behind these was that once I would get going with these quilts, I would learn a lot about the process, different techniques and practice. Over the years I have realized that once you jump off the saddle, it is always very difficult to get back on but if I would be able to make one a week, I hopefully would establish a routine and could keep it up. I have almost been able to do it. I am one quilt behind, well, my 10th of this year is almost done but then again the 11th week is about to begin. I am hoping to be able to catch up this coming week.
I have been asked several times what I am going to do with these tiny fabric pictures and I really don't have any idea. I am doing these in the same manner I draw, once the drawing (quilt) is done, I put it into a pile and that's that. It has served its purpose, has taught me little bit and pushed me one step (half a step) forward.
They are here in the order they were made.
Noble kings, brave princes
This was the first of the year. I wanted to use busier background and see where it would take me. I like this one, the old king is about to give his crown to the young and brave prince that is climbing up the steps to the castle. His tail is pointing up telling of his brave and confident mind while the old noble king is stepping aside.
I prepared this background the same time as the first one and created myself a problem. The color of this fabric was very difficult to work with. When I looked at the fabric, I instantly thought of birds and that is the reason I kept it. Once I thought of the birds, I could have abandoned the back ground fabric and taken another one, but I really wanted to see if I could manage it. Obviously I could not, I could not calm it down no matter what I did with the design and colors and so I quickly stitched it down and called it done. Not successful as a quilt, but it taught me something.
I get so bored with my color choices at times and would really love to work with a colorful palette, but it is very, very difficult to me and even though I like the colors here, you really can't see the design, it is so busy.
The Castle of Sleeping Beauty
I wanted to play safe with the back ground, needed to calm down a bit and also was little tired of the concept and was not inspired at all.
I like this one. Until this, I had mostly just used the chain stitch and was very happy when I thought of adding running stitches and a few French knots. This yellow was little strange at first; the striped fabric was just right for the steps.
White fabric always takes the stage. I started with the square of the brown leaf fabric and sort of just did what it told me to. For a long time I was not sure about the sun, but since the sun started to appear more often in my real world, I wanted to add it to this picture.
It was the Valentine's Day week, thus all the hearts... See the zigzag chain stitch in the big heart and along the roofs, had not thought of doing them before.
I like this back ground fabric. I have had it for a while in my stash not knowing what to do with it. I have been saving it for ages... and decided to use it then and there. I don't think I did anything new, this week was one of those with very little inspiration to work with. The main thing was to stay on the saddle.
I enjoyed making this. I thought of all the snow castles in my childhood neighborhoods. All the huge snow castles or maybe caves were carefully made by the boys and very often were denied from the girls. When you passed by a snow castle, it was little scary, because you could be sure that a nasty and hard snowball would hit your back at some point and you knew where it came from but could not tell who he was who threw it. By the late spring, all the back yards were turned into snow ball war zones.
The next one will be number ten. Not yet done. But once again, I am enjoying the process and I needed a short break from the knitting, I have a nasty blister in my right hand ring finger and while it heals, I am sewing.
Hope you all have a good week,
Wool with you,