Friday, December 18, 2009
Red and Green
I've been working on something a little different for me. A small break from all the birds that are taking over my mind. I found inspiration by accident, at a local gallery in Portland. It was a full sized quilt, hanging on the wall, twenty large red squares with circles of green moving out from the center circle. Like a pebble dropped in the water. They were all machine sewn and mostly from solid fabrics. But it was red and green, complimentary colors that I think have gotten a bad rap. Christmas colors. But they are stunning together. You SHOULD be able to look at them and not start singing 'here comes Santa Claus' under your breath.
Random cuts, raw edge applique, hand sewn with embroidery floss. I think I'll sew them together without lattice and then machine quilt the red parts somehow.
My colors are a bit washed out, but you get the idea. This handwork is very relaxing, done while listening to Barbara Kingsolvers newest book, The Lacuna. A great read from a master wordsmith.