For centuries women have used cloth as a tool of comfort and as an expression of beauty within their homes. Creating cloth for warmth, cloth for shelter, our female predecessors embellished these linens with hand stitch using laborious and time consuming techniques thereby enhancing the functional beauty of objects which enveloped and protected their families. Inspired by these women I hope my creations pay tribute to and recognise the devotion expressed in cloth by our female ancestors .

''the use of traditional often time consuming process alludes to the devotion of a mother''. c K. A. Ruane 2007

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Here's me thinking I had nothing to do!

This is a little peak at what's been going on here the past couple of days. Not a lot really. I got it in my mind that if I have time to make something for myself then I haven't got anything else urgent or pressing to do. WRONG!!! I suddenly rememberd I have to finish the hook and eye cloth as the competition closing date is fast approaching and then I caught a glimpse of those little things called exhibitions in the right hand sidebar. Now I know what I should have been doing, I don't have anything for the next exhibition and I should really be working on stuff for the one after that by now. So alongside my own piece I will have to start making more brooches, purses and small cloths.

Getting back to my quilt, this where we are at so far. 25 blocks joined, about 1000 more to go. I am sorry it isn't a great image but you get the general idea. The light today is dreadfull, we have gales and everything, quite scary actually, I keep seeing inanimate objects fly past my window!

Last night I decided to stitch a small sample to get an idea of how I was going to quilt this when it's finished. This sample is worked on a scrap of vintage tablecloth, can you see the lovely leaf woven into the fabric? I seem to have a thing about running stuitch squares at the moment, everything is neat, sectioned off, it's the OCD again I'm sure!

One set of running stitch lines and the petal applique were worked before I added the wadding for quilting. The peatl outlines, tiny bead like stitches and another set of running stitch lines were worked as the quilting process. If I had unlimited amounts of time I may have worked this a bit more, or even stitched a sample on silk, I am sure it will look completely different with silk. This will have to do for now though, I suddenly realised I have lots to do.


Victoria said...

Yes, that realization that you don't have as much free time as you thought. Familiar feeling!

Beautiful work. I love the two side by side rows of running stitches in two different colors. I also really admire all the thought and attention to detail that you put into every piece. Lovely.

Mrs.French said...

so, so lovely.

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen this is your mum really like your quilt so much and the comments from other needleworkers are really complimentary.Well Done!

Needles said...

Karen I haven't visited in a while, too little time, and here you are doing masterful work. I can't tell you how much I like the lovely little squares, and really, if you did not have a thing for the little running stitches, in those gorgeous colours, I'd think you were nuts. It is most certainly not OCD to like those simple lines running parallel. I think it more the simplicity lulls and then, in combination with the other simple things, its a delightful suprise when you see it put together.

It's nice to see you working on something for yourself.