There’s nothing like a deadline to help one focus. Since my last post I adopted an aggressive “squirrel abatement plan,” finishing my my multiple projects in time for a show with my friend, Linda Race, a collage artist, that went up on July 1, at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop in Berkeley.
The first finish was my Hour Glass quilt.
Although I consider myself a “process” quilter – one who makes design decisions as they show up – I still feel intimidated and anxious about what the next step will be…. should be…. This was definitely one of those intimidating quilts. However, now that it’s finished, or because it is finished, I am so pleased and happy – It came out just the way I (didn’t) plan it! My favorite part is the handquilting and machine quilting combination.
Another long-time design wall resident. I machine quilted it with vertical straight line stitching, avoiding the grouping of squares so they pop up and take center stage. I can’t look at those tiny 1″ish (and one 3/4″ 9 patch) squares swimming in that grey-green background and not marvel at the crazy person who decided to make an entire quilt (albeit a small one) with all those individually pieced little squares….. (My apologies for the blurry picture)
“That Red” is also done -another satisfying finish as it took a bit of time and a few false starts to bring my “vision” to life. It is all handquilted.
However, in the midst of all my show finishes another quilt moved to the front of the que.
June 25 was my Aunt Eva’s 86th birthday and I decided I needed to bring her a “fidget” quilt when I visited. This may not be the most beautiful quilt I’ve ever made but it is definitely the most meaningful.
It is made with cordoroy, velvet, 3 orphan quilt blocks, 2 pockets, 2 rows of buttons, 2 zippers, a velvet and satin ribbon and a row of ric rac.
My aunt has Alzheimer’s. On my last visit I noticed how her hands were constantly moving, “worrying” something. I hoped that all the textures and extras on this quilt would have a calming effect and keep her hands busy. At the suggestion of my cousin I inserted 2 pieces of bubble wrap into the pockets. She loved the quilt, especially the bubble wrap. She chatted happily with us while her hands were busy popping the bubble wrap. When I mentioned to her that everyone I showed the quilt to wanted it, she sassily responded, “Well, they can’t have it. It’s mine.”I still have a “squirrel” or two left, but I’m relieved that I don’t have the colony that took over my studio last month.
For those of you in the Bay Area, stop by Sweet Adeline Bakeshop, try one of their yummy baked treats and check out Linda’s and my exhibit, titled Echoes. The exhibit will be up through Sunday, July 30. Join us for a “closing celebration” from 3pm-5pm on the 30th.