My initial idea for this challenge was to do something whimsical of two things attracted to each other, but I decided to think on it a bit longer. I asked my family and friends what came to mind when I said "opposites attract" but no ideas sprang up from their suggestions. I kept thinking about clamor vs. calm, or noise vs. quiet, initially brought on by everything we hear these days out there in the big wide world we live in. In the end, this quilt ended up being much more personal.
I came across this quote on a blog this past week: "Art is not always about pretty things. It's about who we are, what happened to us and how our lives are affected." --Elizabeth Broun.
So this quilt is not a pretty thing; it's quite homely, actually. But it does tell a bit about what happened to me and how it has affected my life.
Ever since I was born, I have had very little hearing in my left ear. Up until my kids had left for college, I was able to cope with the hearing loss without hearing aids. Now I wear them, and while they help, sometimes they hinder.
The left side of this quilt represents noise - what I experience when I am in a very noisy environment. The background print represents everyone talking; the circles making me think of word bubbles. The red bias tape are my thoughts - sometimes just a jumble, but sometimes full of emotion, but it can also mean angry voices or shouting. There is an additional word bubble, and you'll notice in a later photo that the words are all upside down, because sometimes that's how it feels when my brain is processing what is being said to me. In the upper right, there are big, jerky stitches in yellow - which represent my frustration as well as loud noises, like horns, dogs, whistles, kids screaming or crying, etc.
On the right side of the quilt is calm, which for me is represented by water - waves lapping on the shore in the quietness of a morning. The quietness of sitting with my morning coffee in a quiet room. The peacefulness of simple things. The small writing you see along the curve between the two is "come away", the reminder to come away from the noise - or from the quiet - and enter the other now and then. The other writing on the quilt, on the bottom right, is a notation of Matt. 11:28, a Bible verse that is meaningful to me.
Often after being in a very noisy, talkative environment, I am extremely tired from all the work of listening, and I just need to be somewhere quiet and peaceful.
Here's the close up of the word bubble, which I stitched on with the blue, to suggest how much I want to go someplace quiet rather than try to decipher what is being said to me:
And here are the yellow, jerky stitches: