Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New birds on the block

The bird quilt is so large now that I have to spread it out on the balcony to show it completely. I integrated a very old embroidery I made for my Mom about 25 years ago. It was my own design, embroidered on a silk cushion cover. The fabric broke after a few years, and my friend C, a professional textile restorator, repaired it -- I cannot see where. But there was newer damage. I think the latest quilting will strengthen it and help to maintain it for some time.
My mother died in 2001. I got the cushion cover back. There is a strong scent of her perfume about it. When I took it out of the drawer, I and J felt her "presence".
What else is new? A falcon in the sunshine, a bird in a cage, quilting on the night piece and -- a diving bird, just diving. You see: When we went out watching birds, my parents and I, who all loved to do this, we could never be sure to see anything interesting. Birds like to be hiding.

13 comments:

Deb G said...

Love the colors and your birds are just beautiful. It just gets better and better!

Chris Gray said...

Beautiful!....just beautiful!

I envy your ability to be able to make something that big!

..my things are usually rather small, and I found it quite difficult to increase the sizes for exhibition work...

jude said...

you are really cooking! and i love the motion in that last photo.

Dori said...

Lovely birds, lovely post!

Art4Sol said...

I like the addition of your mom's piece and it's amazing that it still carries her scent.... love how it's growing.

ArtSparker said...

The colors on the cushion cover are lovely (my dear, I'm always grateful for any inspiration in the color line - it's not my best area). Like Jude, I like the last image which looks like rose petals falling on the surface of a very still pond.

Deborah said...

lovely colors and movement. how nice to still have something with your mother's scent.

Mrs Moen said...

What a wonderful quilt - and story!

Clare W said...

I just love the bird flying in the sun. It's like a halo x

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

This is an absolutely incredible art piece.

AeFondKis said...

Hi you have created a lovely post particularily the mention of your mother's scent. Inspiration often comes from the scent of something special!

Judy said...

wonderful!

mendofleur said...

I LOVE this quilt. It is so very, very beautiful!!!