Here it is side A of my August “dream” quilt. (I’ll post about side B in my next post.) It’s a tad late, but it’s finished at long last.
I think I mentioned earlier that I decided to take this quilt in a new direction after opening the parcel of supplies you sent. When I unfolded all the fabric and started moving pieces around, I saw a landscape begin to form on my dining room table. And I got to thinking about the dream I inherited from my parents. As a child I would often hear my parents talking about how great it would be to have a little place on the water. Now I catch myself saying the same thing to my husband.
I decided to make a red kite the focal point of this piece and decided as the design progressed that I wanted this piece to be interactive. It’s my intention that viewers will come up and grab that kite string and take a moment to think about what it would be like to be flying that kite on the beach. I plan to get this quilt up on my wall soon because it reminds me of a happy dream from childhood.
This quilt is a combination of hand and machine sewing. The buttons you sent worked perfectly as kit string embellishments and the green swatches were just screaming for gardens of French knots in bloom. I used rough edged applique this month to build the scene and don’t regret it. It seems appropriate that the edges are frayed on this dream because I’ve dragged in around with me for most of my life.
The cool thing about this quilt is that in making it, I now have a little place on the water. I stitched a dream and made it real.
Life and work got in my way a bit, so I had to sneak in a few stitches whenever possible. August was a tough month for quilting on deadline, but we kept at it and stitched our “dream” quilts. I’m so glad we’re doing this project and sticking to our commitment to make art.
I’m on another work deadline, so I gotta go. I’ll be back soon with Side B of this quilt.