Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Summer Adventure

Maybe it's because of the heat (temperatures are still hanging around 100° F.) or maybe it's because summer is coming to an end, but, I felt a sudden urge to "fix" my bed quilt while gluing myself to the A/C.

This quilt has been on my bed for 20 years: the white lattice work looks a bit yellowed and at least one fabric is popping holes and shredding, while others have faded. 

A simple design, squares on point in a lattice, it now seems an appropriate metaphor for my life, for aging...

But wait! My quilt (like me) is certainly not going into retirement!

We're sprucing things up!

I began one corner with Jude Hill a number of years ago (the Diaries, maybe?), who had a wings theme going (and who is coming back to that theme, by the way). At the time, I thought more of Icarus, however, this has evolved into part of my aging series--the idea of life's wings shredding, filled with holes, yet beautiful. 

I am pleased that this regenerated corner has held up very well thanks to the added needle-turned fabric, embroidery and quilting.

In this new section, I first hand-stitched a wide purple layer (attached only at the middle third), then I needle-turned a square of new fabric into the middle.

I added a light purple fabric into the square (needle-turned), but have left the outer edges free.  

Now I am adding light fabrics underneath to cover the white lattice strips. I should have started with this step...maybe...of no importance...

Yes, I'm having fun despite the heat. Will I ever finish my utility quilt? No idea, but it gives me a sense of adventure. Soon I will be cutting into those pretty fabrics and going wild!

P.S.: Jodi asked to see my wall quilt in the previous post. I look at it every day and it gives me joy. These are the colors of Tunisia; these are the colors of my life.


Cate Rose said...

It would give me great joy to look at that beautiful piece every day, too! I absolutely love it, love the black and white bits around the edges. Hope you're well. Hugs

blandina said...

The mended quilt will become an absolute beauty, please do post your progress.
And the 'Colors of Tunisia' is simply stunning.

Erin Winslow aka Itsbugart said...

Wow! <3

Martha said...

Thanks so very much for this post and peak into your creative mind. I love the way you are repairing/restoring the sweet quilt. How lovely!

Patty Ashworth said...

WOW! I love this one!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Our grandmothers would be so proud of you! I'm looking forward to seeing what further additions you add to your precious quilt.