Welcome to the Blogger's Quilt Festival!
I have taken part in all but the first of these fabulous on-line events. And the fact that I haven't finished any new quilts recently wasn't going to stop me taking part this time!
So I searched back through my old quilts to see if there was one that I had never posted about before. I ummed and ahhed, and tapped my fingers against my chin... and then I looked up and saw this quilt! It hangs in my sewing room and so I guess I have become a little blind to it. But it is a real 'story quilt', so settle down with a cuppa and a biscuit and listen to my quilty tale!here.
Anyway, I have always loved hand sewing and this technique appealed to me so I made a cushion cover. That's it, in the photo above, but without the fish. I was also very keen on embroidering shisha mirrors at the time (all that ethnic stuff was very 'in' during the 90's!), so I used these too.
This next piece is a bit odd, and the only way I can explain it is to say that it was part of my '30's crisis! I started it a few months before I turned 30. I was feeling very depressed about getting old (ha! now I am heading for 46 this seems hilarious to me!). I had been visiting local graveyards and this design was carved onto a lot of old gravestones. I was really drawn to it's blunt honesty. No mucking around, just the truth - your bones are lying in the ground and your soul is floating upwards and the sands in the great timer of life are at the bottom.
I always choose my colours very instintively, and for this piece I chose very jarring, harsh colours (I think this is the only time I have ever used brown and jade green together!) which was obviously a reflection of how I was feeling at the time. I remember showing it to friends as I was working on it (I thought it was lovely) and they just gave me really funny looks! Once I turned 30 I felt great and totally embraced being a grown up (until I had my 40's crisis that is!).
So I took apart the original cushion and added that strip of fishes. I finished the Majolican plate and added a sword (at Felix's request!). And then I just needed one more piece to make it all fit together.
Then I put it all together with black sashing and more reverse applique, revealing white circles beneath the black.
I then hand quilted it VERY heavily, hopefully you can see this from the photo at the back. I just wouldn't have the patience to do that anymore!
Thanks so much for listening to my very long story! If you have more time to spare, head on back to Amy's Creative Side for more amazing quilty eye candy. Thanks so much for hosting again Amy!