Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A quilt for today

This little bitty quilt is no more than 7.5 x 7.75 inches. I’ve used one of my old art prints on watercolor paper in there which adds an interesting texture. The rest of the fabric is hand dyed plus a piece of batik. I was pleased by how quickly it came together, that fusible stuff is pretty amazing and works on paper as well as it does on the fabric. This little quilt taught me that sewing through paper will require some adjustments but at this point I don't mind the purple bobbin thread showing. It seems to fit with the other intentional imperfections such as the fraying edge.

I think I’ll call it “Catharsis.” There is a sense in which the beautiful parts, the poetry and vibrancy is in the distance framed by the present reality that requires moving through the current grief and fraying edges. It is fitting for a new round of personal and private grieving that has become an assertive companion of late.

“She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.” ~George Eliot


  1. Wonderful new piece!! I am delighted to see the mixing of paper into the work. How ingenious.

  2. Thanks for sharing and giving our enjoyment of your piece the further enrichment of some personal context. What a lovely quote!

    I'm going to be doing some stitching on paper in the near future -- sounds like maybe it will require some playing-with?

  3. The quilt is interesting on a number of levels, but I'm saddened to read of your new companion. I hope it will not hunker down for a long visit.


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