Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Seduced by color... Mea culpa, mea culpa

Not so long ago, I made a pledge to use worn, given, second hand and inherited cloth. But then...
I had the intention to do some appliqué leaves between the birds. I find it very laborious to do appliqué, and I admire the patience that is manifested in Barbara's "Trellis". But I wanted to turn the middle of this piece into a joyful natural surrounding where the birds can play. The background, even quilted, doesn't look joyful enough to me. The flying birds need some more of these "Tibetan" clouds from Indonesia. This is why I surrendered and, with a tragical tremble in my voice, said to myself: "You have to get these fabrics". I broke my pledge. Hit me.
The Bird Quilt top is almost finished. No more large gaps, only small strips to be finished. It is large enough to allow a nap together with J on the sofa, both covered up. Now I'll cut this Turkish bedcover apart and give the quilt a one-cloth backing and a binding.
The boxes on the edge are houses, limitation of natural space, as I experience them, but also refuge and the way to survive winter in this latitude. They limit the bird's environment. Some get used to it like blackbirds or the heron who kept standing silently at his pond, when we walked by on Sunday.

9 comments:

Pat said...

well, a quilter just has to do what needs to be done to make it just that special and right. it is a lovely piece.

Deborah said...

you did the right thing

Approachable Art said...

Lucky birds to live in such a colorful environment!

ArtSparker said...

My dream last night was all about limitation, kicking against limitation, how limitation protects us and defines us...like these houses of yours on the edges.

Chris Gray said...

...it looks such a HAPPY quilt!...


...it's lovely Eva....

jude said...

the houses are a wonderful symbolic idea for an edge.

Rayna said...

Perfect!! Your use of color and pattern is very much like the way my Nanny used color and pattern: fearlessly and with élan. I notice that every piece of fabric carries over a color from the adjacent one, even though the patterns are greatly varied. This gives a continuity and aliveness to your quilt. And how sexy and romantic to nap together on the sofa under this happy piece! I love it.

Pat said...

i am commenting here to say that I have been reading about korak. and i am fascinated. and also about to give it a try......any suggestions for beginning a project?

Margarita Korioth said...

What a happy,happy piece Eva!
I would also like to ask you: I'm trying to change the look of my blog; how do you display the "Blogs I follow" with pictures of the latest posts of everybody? Whenever you have time let me know any useful tips.Danke.