I love the home quilt! I just had to write to say how beautiful it is! I was astounded when we got together on Skype – that oh so long conversation with my dog and your dog getting their two bits in too. Your quilt was SUCH a surprise!
But of course, it makes sense too. From what I know of you, I know that swimming and the pool are very important places for ‘grounding’ (hah, if you can say that about water) and finding peace. I haven’t swum as much as you, but I know the delight of the water and of working off the jitters as you clock up the laps.
At first, it was hard to see your quilt in detail on Skype, and what the big black ‘T’ in the middle was, until you told me. I loved the idea and the composition, just couldn’t see the details. Like those beads. Oh, I adore those red beads! Now that I’m looking at the close-up photos, I can see all sorts of other things, too, like the machine-stitching on the tiles, and the way you used the gauzy fabric to make the texture reminiscent of water, and the sheer loveliness of that fish in a house on the back.
I didn’t tell you, but some of the fabric I sent you has a story. The bright peacock blue silk was a part of my wedding jacket (married in September, I had a silk jacket made to wear over the dress), and the gauzy fabric was given to me by a chance-met fashion designer here in Melbourne, called Chitra. I walked into her store called Chitra’s Closet one day, we got talking, and somehow I ended up with bags of off-cut fabrics, swatches and scarf samples. Her generosity was astoundingly wonderful – and it’s great to use her beautiful fabrics in new works of art!
But I have a bone to pick with you! Nobody told me we’re doing double-sided quilts now! (she roars with laughter)
You’ve inspired me to add a few things to the back of my own “No Place like home” quilt…. All the places I’ve lived, stem stitched onto the back.
Can I call this done now?