When presented with the February word: “love” I thought of many ways to go with it – parental, romantic, physical, familial – even love of music, nature and so on. But what I really wanted to deal with was loss of love – specifically loss of loved ones. When my Mom passed away last year I had to deal with the sadness of her loss plus the fact that she was the last one. Her passing followed my Dad’s (by many years) and my brother and sister’s deaths more recently. I reflected on how we all suffer loss of love – or loved ones – then have to face our publics as though everything was completely right in our world. Here you have a heart that has been fractured into many pieces along the faultlines thatwere there all along. And floating over the pieces of the heart are a tangle of ribbons attempting to hide the tears underneath.
Letting go of love
Hot salty tears flow freely
Bruised battered heart cracks.
All the red “shards” combine to form one complete heart. The pieces have been attached to the background with a lot of heavy quilting. I used heavy cotton plus metallic. The ribbons are hand tacked. Under the ribbons are tear-shaped beads peeking out. I purposefully left the thread tails and frayed edges alone as they are part of the over all feeling that I wanted to generate.
I know – Thanksgiving is in 2 weeks – so why I am titling this entry Spring Has Sprung?
A little while back I made a little quilt with that title. Do you remember the little ditty….
Spring has sprung,
The grass has riz.
I wonder where the birdies is…?
So, naturally I had to make a “The Grass Has Riz” piece. I just finished the beading last week and got it done!
Spring Has Sprung
The center background is randomly pieced and the design elements are fused. The technique is very improvisational and FUN! I was first introduced to it a couple of years ago at a class taught by Deana Hartman. (http://chameleonquilts.com) One of the best classes I’ve taken.
I hurried through all the basic construction so that I could get to the BEADING! The writing on the quilt is done with a free motion zigzag stitch.
The Grass Has Riz!
. And here is…………. The Grass Has Riz! The pieced green background part looks vaguely like an egg, don’t you think? I guess the idea of Spring was working on me subliminally
I’m thinking that I should have done the writing in a more contrasting color. On the other hand, center stage belongs to the grass – and all the BEADS!!!!
I’m thinking that there are some birdies in my near quilting future……