Posts Tagged ‘hand quilting’

Quilting Of PP4 Completed

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

This morning I finished quilting around the 300+ little circles on this largish quilt. Phew.

Much to my delight, the process of layering (polyester batting) and quilting around each leather circle has produced pleasingly dimensional circles – much more interesting than the flat effect of the applique – which I liked well enough, but even so this is heaps better!

So far, this lengthy project has allowed me to listen to audio recordings of Jane Austen’s novels Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park; Relentless by Mark Greaney; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; and the first few chapters of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – which I read maybe 60 years ago. So heavily laced with sentimental goodness is it that it’s a wonder that one of the sisters isn’t named Pollyanna. Interesting. It’s the first in a collection of classics from audible.com – 10 Masterpieces You Have To Read Before You Die, part I (I also downloaded part II) Some Dickens will be next, and Jane A will appear again, and though I never tire of her writing, having so recently listened to all her major works I might skip those and go to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain and Marcus Aurelius, none of whom I’ve read. Part II has authors I’ve never heard of. All that should see me through to the other side of this other large untitled large work I put aside while I went ahead with PP4:

Untitled – gold sheer hand appliqued onto black. The patterning for that large black area needs final decision making, soon!

A Journey Through Landscape

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

An article has just been published about my work on the Quilt National Artists website here: http://quiltnationalartists.com/journey-landscape-alison-schwabe/.  To compose it I looked back through the 4 works I’ve had selected into Quilt National down the years, and while putting them into their context, the title emerged.  Each has to do with landscape as the surface on which change is recorded, and marks are left.  It took me years to see a link between a landscape and a life.  You can read about it and see the pics of the 4 quilts in chronological order down the page, starting with “Ora Banda”, just a little special because it was my first successful entry.

Ora Banda copy blog

“Ora Banda”  1992      127cm h x 150cm w

I pieced it before leaving Denver to accompany my husband to South America on a business trip, and did all the hand quilting while in Montevideo and Mendoza, Argentina.   I never look at it without remembering the beautiful plaza in front of our hotel there, and how I sat out in the early autumn sun for a couple of hours every afternoon to quilt during the hours of siesta.  Autumn leaves were falling.  Occasionally people would stop and ask what I was doing and comment – goodness knows what they made of whatever I said, as I knew very little Spanish then!

 

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