But once I got started, it was hard to stop! It proved to be a great canvas for trying out some new stitch ideas. Here’s what I discovered. You can use the blanket stitch for field rows. The Herringbone stitch makes for interesting texture in the fields too. And crisscrossing straight stitches on the tree trunk creates a plaid pattern. It is amazing what a difference a stitch makes.
It is so wonderful to leave the chilly Great Lakes region for sunny Phoenix where I’ll be teaching at the AQS Quilt Week.
In celebration of this happy event, I am showing you the before and after pictures of this small quilt made in frigid December and stitched in frozen January. Making this quilt is the only thing that kept me warm.
Sometimes you let the fabric do the work. My favorite part of this quilt is the background fabric. It is made from a former drop cloth resulting from painting and dyeing fabric for a much larger quilt. It is like a diary or journal of that creative process.
This small quilt (14″ x 14″) is part of my Spring Blooms series. Proving once again that there is always hope that Spring will arrive again……… someday.
For some reason I have revived my Poultry in Motion class and will be teaching it at the AQS Quilt Week in Phoenix on February 13. Frankly, I thought I had put my chickens to bed. But something came over me and now I find chickens are my friends again. How do you explain that? Hope to see you in class!
When I made this quilt in December I mentioned that I have a set of design motifs that I use over and over again in my artwork. Things like houses, trees, landscapes, and oh yes, birds appear often. And I asked: is this a good thing or should I try something new?
Now that this little quilt is all stitched up, I’m happy to announce that I love my houses, and birds, and landscapes. Making art goes way beyond choosing a motif or theme. It is playing with color, line, and texture. And most importantly, enjoying the process.
It’s a new year so I’ve started a new series of new birds with a new name. It’s all new all the time! Here you see the first in the Song Bird series. Patiently waiting for a few hand embroidery stitches, our little bird overlooks farm fields in high summer.
And here she is all stitched up and ready to lay an egg. If you’d like to learn how to make a fancy woven nest like this one, please join one of my classes at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton VA later this month. See you there!