I spent my week preparing for Object Runway and quilting. About 30 hours of standing in this exact position.
This quilt was started around the same time as TRIBE, and, like TRIBE, was put into storage for being the wrong size to work in a three by three grid format. Now that I am in finishing mode, I pulled it out of storage and plopped it onto the long arm.
Ever time I quilt a Color Grid, I think I should photograph it as each color is applied. With this quilt, I attempted to do that.
First there was a bold green.
At this point, I decided to stop being lazy and actually pull the quilt off of the long arm and pin it onto a design wall for photographing. This is the entire quilt with green, red, and turquoise stitching. Some of you may notice that I started to stitch in white but changed my mind.
The middle of January in Alaska is not the best time to expect good lighting, so my photography experiment was a bit disappointing in that way. I will definitely try this again when we have more than six hours of daylight. (If you are curious about the amount of sunshine we have up here this time of the year, I wrote about this last month on Solstice.)
This quilt is still nameless. Well, it has many names, and I haven’t been able to settle on just one. Here’s the list.
I Heart Peter Brady
Marsha, Marsh, Marsha
Come On Get Happy
Sock to Me
You get the idea. This quilt is composed almost entirely of vintage late 1960s and early 1970s fabric. I am a big believer in the power of textiles to evoke memories. Just like smell, it can make us think of a time or a place. What do these fabrics make you think of? Your miserable Junior Prom with that guy you never should have said yes to? A family gathering where your favorite aunt was decked out in a maxi dress featuring these colors and prints? The bicentennial parade in Topeka, Kansas?
I’d love to know your memories of that time.
I’m linking this post to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.
Have a good weekend folks!