I hope this finds you well! New week; I get to start a new quilt but before diving into the new one, I need to tell you about the last.
Last week I searched the internet for January poems and quotes. I have tried to focus on the day I have, be it cold or mild, snowy or clear skies and not to complain (too much!) and wish for the spring (too soon!). I found this poem by Patricia Hampl and love the way she describes this season.
“The cold was our pride, the snow was our beauty. It fell and fell, lacing day and night together in a milky haze, making everything quieter as it fell, so that winter seemed to partake of religion in a way no other season did, hushed, solemn.”
Cotton fabrics, Marimekko print as a starting point, embroidery, few beads on the crocheted snowflakes, few quilting stitches
The names of the quilts will be my written memory of the week, just a phrase or a single word to remind me later what was on my mind. My general thought last week was “There is enough snow already!” As lovely as it is, there is a saturation point there for it and I reached mine.
I had covered some background noise with the blue fabric last time. As I jumped into the process suddenly, I did not have enough time to think ahead. After I had some space to work on the picture, I needed to add white, as more snow…
While I was looking at the quilt from further away, I saw it in a different light, as in spring and that did make me think of making four little pictures with this same fabric, but all representing different seasons. I will think about this; and come back to it later in spring and see if I can still see spring coming to this blue fabric.
I did not have any more thoughts about embroidery, just added few stitches here and there without any plans. The picture is small, there really was no room for quilting and I did not do much, just a few stitches. I do like the quilting stitches so much that I want them in my next pictures and I will leave room for them.
I wanted to challenge myself with yarn, as some crochet or knitting or some other way, but I already began to doubt it… I could not give up the idea right away and I added two little crocheted snowflakes. (Tried to add more, but decided not to.)
While making this first quilt, I could not help but start thinking of series. Like making four with the same fabric, like the four seasons. Or giving myself a theme, like five in winter theme, five in spring, five around the birds (migrating birds returning in spring is a big thing for me, cannot wait for the music they bring to the woods), five around the lake… Or maybe even more personal series, with words attached, or favorite music pieces or books that have changed me, art pieces… something, that would give meaning and a starting point for the quilt.
For now, though, I will focus on the few basic rules I set for myself. Small, one a week, with some yarn, the signature will be the red button.
Winter Garden is no master piece, it is an exercise in small. When I look at it, I see too much, I get exhausted. My general feeling was being tired of all the snow, maybe I did manage to make a point. I want to simplify, go for the bold and simple, the real challenge will be how to have less, know to where to stop.
I have made the first one, have started the second. My mind needs this, I am not sure for how long, but for now.
Time to go, be well, wool with you,