October 31, 2010

Restoring Confidence

In order to restore self-confidence, I went back to an unfinished project.  The restoration comes from the repetition of handwork, reminding myself with each stitch that this is what I do, this is what I love, this is my life and this is what I'm good at.  The project is a quilt for my cousin's 30th birthday.  It just needs binding, a label, a photo and a blog posting.

October 28, 2010

Demons of Self-Doubt

Getting back into my creative rhythm is still challenging. There are voices (my own) saying, "You don't know what you're doing. Your work is ugly. Put it all away and stop making attempts at creativity."  Sometimes the work feels good. Sometimes it feels small and insignificant, like right now. Does this happen to you?

I will keep plugging away.  I'm sure this malady is a conquerable, temporary condition.

30" x 60" unfinished; woven sari cloth, burned tulle and other sheers, chain stitch squiggles in mohair, beading and hand-stitching, and vintage Chinese embroidery

October 12, 2010

Restoration Stitching

Couching stitches came loose from this old Chinese embroidered piece. Restoration stitching was not as easy as I thought, given my hands are not as steady as they used to be. Still, the results turned out satisfactorily.

October 5, 2010

Green Quilt Top

In a previous post, I assembled blocks into two rows for my cousin's quilt. In the end, I did not use them. This afternoon, the two rows became a quilt. As you can see, I ran out of the border fabric and put something else at the bottom, but I kinda like it -- it gives it a base. Once quilted, the binding will be the same green as the center strip.

October 4, 2010

Ballerina Pigs in Tutus

I went to visit Nancy this weekend. She showed me a tumblers quilt she'd made, named for the drinking-glass-shape of each block. She said it went together fast and was very forgiving because of the bias. That got me pretty excited because, lately, I've been all about "fast" and "forgiving!" The 4.25" tall blocks were cut yesterday. Today I sewed it all together.

October 1, 2010

Going in Circles

I'm going in circles.  Whenever Nancy and I visit a quilt show, I am drawn to the quilts with circles.  With circles, you can go around and around, either spinning your wheels or knowing exactly what you're aiming for.  Curves are gentle, mellow, soothing...  In the case of this series I seem to be exploring, circles will be perfected and learned from, until the next shape presents itself.  The striped four-patch blocks were pieced some time ago. Today I added the double border, mitered the corners and cut circles to applique.

The other quilt is going to Nancy to stitch her magic into it.