Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Belive in Miracles (21 x 25)
I wasn't able to finish this piece by Christmas day, but if we fall back on the notion of Christmas continuing for 12 days, then I finished right on time.
After I turned in grades I came down with a really bad cold, but Christmas came nonetheless, and once the wrapping paper was recycled, and the leftovers packed away, I was happy to sit down and put the finishing touches on this piece.
It seemed only fitting, crazy quilter to crazy quilter, to add some seam embellishments to the outer border of Allie's quilt. And I took a page from one of her techniques to use these beautiful shiny ribbons--some have beads, and all have metallic threads, in lieu of a conventional binding. I hadn't set out to do this, but I had four perfect ribbons and I also wanted to avoid cutting the points off on these embellished blocks, so it was a happy solution. I didn't follow Allie's instructions exactly, but the basic idea is there.
I added some mother of pearl buttons to the floral part of the composition.
Another close up. You can see that I extended the halos with more buttons and with beads.
A lot of handwork is like prayer or meditation. It infuses objects with spirit and with intentions. It's a wonderful opportunity to make a quilt for someone like Allie who is tuned into these messages in the cloth. This has been a fulfilling project, and in many ways it's been an unexpected form of dialogue between two quilters.
I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays in the ways you love the most and with friends and family. I am sadly behind on my blog reading, but I'll be catching up over the next few days.