That was another spectacular reveal!
The following themes remain in the hat:
- A quilt inspired by a newspaper headline
- Opposites attract
- Colour theory
That was another spectacular reveal!
The following themes remain in the hat:
I was so looking forward to joining in this quarter. My theme was chosen, plan made, fabric cut. Then my husband, Ray had a heart attack last Tuesday night, so all things quilty came to a standstill. He has been in the hospital since the attack, and is having open heart bypass surgery Tuesday afternoon. I sincerely hope to join in next quarter, and I am thoroughly enjoying viewing what you all have done this quarter.
When the theme was announced for this challenge, "Memories," my immediate thoughts were of family and travel. Fairly quickly I dismissed the idea of making a memory quilt related to family and turned my thoughts toward travel.
My husband and I are RVers. (International readers might better know an "RV" as a "caravan.") When he retired in 2017, we took a trip we'd dreamed of for decades around the perimeter of the United States. We left our home state of Oregon in September of that year, reaching home again on March 30th of the following year. There were quite a few items on our "bucket lists," including seeing the manatees that live in Florida. It wasn't easy to find them. Even finding them, it wasn't easy to see them in the murky and dark waters where they live. We finally found them at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Florida.
We saw the most delightful prairie dog town at Caprock Canyon State Park in Texas. I like doing animal collages, and so these guys got some serious consideration.
Then I decided to try making a quilt of an orchid since my parents grew a lot of them and they filled the house and green house when I was growing up. Both of those tries did not work - one was thrown out and the other still sits on my table not knowing what will become of it.
The next thing I tried was something with symbols from all my travels. Since I have a sewing machine that does embroidery, I put a few designs on cloth, then became disillusioned with that one, too. Just did not inspire me.
Went back to the first idea of my Mom. Got further along but then I just stopped. It is still sitting there on top of the orchid. Maybe I will finish it....someday.
So here is one that I made a few years ago. It was part of a challenge with a few friends. We each made a list of things about ourselves and shared the list. This is the soft book I made from what others, and myself, made.
I took a picture of my wedding, transferred it to cloth and sewed it onto the background along with an embroidered heart and rings and the date of my wedding.
If anyone wants to see more of the book, it is on my web page from March 2020: https://yogaromaquilter.blogspot.com/.
We were taking a road trip, heading north, along the shores of Lake Superior. Just before leaving, we had heard of the death of a friend. She had lived for many years in a cabin on Lake Superior, and we had enjoyed staying at her cabin and visiting her. We decided to pull over and walk the shore a bit in her honor.
As I came down to the shore, there sat a yellow chair. An ordinary yellow kitchen chair, like those I remember growing up. The bright vinyl back and seat, with aluminum legs. It was just sitting there, empty, facing the lake.
This was an enjoyable challenge, and I'll share more details about its construction on my blog this Wednesday. I continue to have fun with each theme, finding ways to challenge myself and create something unexpected. Even that builds fond memories!
It was difficult to pin down a project for this quarter's theme "Memories" as there are just so many memories to choose from. In the end though I didn't pick any of them!
Instead I chose to base my Challenge project on the loss of memory that Alzheimer's caused for my Dad in the last couple of years of his life. Lost Connections is my representation of the confusion and withdrawal that my Dad experienced as his memories of his life and the people in it started to disintegrate.
The strongest connection that my Dad retained was, naturally, to my Mum to whom he was married to for over 64 years so she is shown as clearly as she appeared to him every day. Their wedding day is also clear in his memory as he always knew who my Mum was to him no matter what else he lost.
I revisited Ann Small's Layered Cloth technique for this quilt, so these two blocks are photos of my Mum and Dad with our children (top) and myself,our son and grandson (bottom) hidden behind layers of slashed and torn fabric. Again my Mum was a clear memory for him but his grandchildren less so, and his great-grandson was a connection that he struggled with. Our second grandson was born a few weeks before he died so he never actually met him, but was very pleased to know and make the connection with the inclusion of his own name in our grandson's given names.
One of the places that my Dad often retreated to in his mind was the Inner Hebridean island where his family came from so their farmhouse home is the backing photo for this block. The place was, however, more of a sense of home rather than a bricks and mortar building so the photo is hidden behind a layer of organza and is only glimpsed rather than in full view.
The next two blocks, shown here pre-washing, were built upon photos of my parents more recently at our son's wedding (top grey) and out for a coffee (purple) on a sunny day after we moved to the same town. In both of these blocks the main reference point for my Dad was as always my Mum, so the fabric is slashed and stitched back (the purple block) to reveal her.
When I came across this weird and wonderful Newspaper Yarn on Oliver Twists website I knew that I could use it in this quilt collage! So, as images provoke memories so do words but again with Alzheimer's they can get lost or confused in the transmission.
I used the Newspaper Yarn to connect the quilt blocks vertically but left the ends loose and frayed and when one of the strands snapped as I was stitching I left it in place as another lost connection.
Similarly when the metallic thread that I used to connect the wedding photo to the central block began to fray from the core I used it to represent another connection beginning to unravel.
I never know at the start of each quarter where these challenges will take me, and this one, in particular, took a very surprising direction. I am, however, immensely grateful to both Janine and Catherine for organising this group and giving me the opportunity to flex my quilting muscles in ways that I would never have thought possible!
If you want to read more of how this quilt collage was created head on over to Celtic Thistle Stitches
Looking forward as always to seeing how my fellow Endeavourers chose to present their Memories in quilt form :)
My piece for this quarter is about the relationship between our memories and who we are - the way they contribute to who we are as a human being. We can have experiences but it is the memory of those experiences that allows us to learn and change and develop as a person. Memories are layered and stitched together, colouring and shaping our personalities, and our attitudes to the world.
I thought about the treasure box I keep under my bed, and about the way the objects in a collection like this represent their owner's individual memories. The collection as a whole is more than the sum of its parts too and also reflects the owner as a person.
In fact a person is like a treasure box - we are all treasure boxes! Together the box and its contents symbolise us as the keepers, and the product, of our memories. So here is my imagined 'Treasure Box'.
There is a (very) extended version of this post on my blog, with (lots) more pictures and details.
This theme was so big I didn't know where to start with it. So I pro-craft-inated for quite a bit. Over the Christmas my sewing machine had to make its way from the dining table to the boxroom, so we could all fit around the table on Christmas day. Somehow that physical move disconnected me from sewing altogether and I turned towards paper crafts that only need a small bit of the table to work off of.
I found a series of You Tube videos by Amity Bloom using vintage papers to make journals and I was really drawn to them. Watching all those videos on You Tube and pondering the theme of memories got me to thinking. I started collecting things as a memory keeping idea, birthday cards, favourite bits of fabric and Mum gave me my grandmother's wedding rings to keep.
So that's it. My take on Memories for this month's challenge. A bit of everything, some recent memories, some distant, some not even my own but all connected to me and now bound up in a quilted fabric papery something!
This little quilt is a celebration of my first piece of textile art, though I didn't know that until I'd finished making it. I made it to illustrate a memory of the contents of my first sewing box, when I sewed everything together in the hope of making a stylish garment and got myself in a deal of trouble for 'wasting' it all. You can read more about it at Rainbow Hare.
I hope you are all keeping safe and well and I'm looking forward to seeing all the quilts this quarter :)
When trying to decide what my piece would be about I suddenly had the image of bugambilias (or bougainvilleas) and my afternoon chats with my mom. Growing up there were a couple of houses with huge bugambilias covering the whole front of the homes just across the street from our home. My mom and I we would sit in the afternoons in our front porch to chat, people watch and knit or embroider (whatever little project we were working on at the time). Our street was always bustling with kids running around, neighbors chatting with each other and the colorful blossoms covering the street in a bright pink blanket. I miss those days... I miss my afternoon chats with my mom.
So for this piece I wanted to capture the bright pink hues of the bugambilia blossom and the blocks interlocking to me represent how our memories are what keep was connected.