It sparked me to create a garden scene, blending pieced strips, fused applique, free-motion quilting, yo-yos, whitework, beads, and ribbons. Step through this trellis into a garden that never needs watering or weeding, and none of the critters eat the flowers!
|"Pieceful Trellis". Wendy's daisies are at bottom left.|
|Yo-yo morning glories.|
|A butterfly cut from an old linen pillowcase.|
|A caterpillar of beads.|
While I was working on the hand stitching, I was watching lots of videos from The Frick Collection, two series called "Cocktails with a Curator," and "Travels with a Curator." They are delightful videos, about 20 to 30 minutes each, explaining a work of art or offering a glimpse of a museum somewhere around the world. I felt like my little quilt was absorbing their air of leisure and culture, and those associations have added to my affection for this piece. I love it, not so much for what it looks like, as for the atmosphere it evokes for me. I am interested in it more for the process of hand-stitching and embellishing, than for finishing a product, and I would like to keep adding flowers, leaves, and insects to it.
I thought I had more handkerchiefs than anyone could ever need, but I can tell I will be hunting for more, to find "families" that are related in scale and style!