Tuesday, November 10, 2015

And the Quilting Begins

The hand quilting has finally started on my current project. I haven't done any hand quilting for quite a long time. I find that I am REALLY enjoying it. The biggest drawback (besides the time it takes to do it) is that my underneath fingers look like chopped meat. I have little specks of blood on the back of the quilt; and when I go to bed, I can feel my heartbeat in my fingertips.
Here is a look at the piece. You can see the basting threads and the beginnings of my quilting.

The quilt is for the exhibit Dialogues: Contemporary Responses to Marie Webster Quilts (SAQA Regional Exhibit) to be held at the Bret Waller Gallery at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Current SAQA members from Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Iowa, Minnesota, and Tennessee are eligible. If you are interested in participating in this exhibit (and I hope you are), you can find the information here. This website summarizes the timeline and requirements.

This special SAQA regional exhibit, to be heldJune 23, 2016-September 4, 2016, will be based on Webster’s quilts. She lived in Indiana from 1859 to 1956. Her quilts were inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement and represented a fresh and innovative approach to quilt design at the time. If you should choose to accept this mission, you will need to list a particular Webster quilt or quilts title(s) which inspired your new art quilt for this juried submission.

I had real trouble picking a quilt from her collection. While I appreciate her quilts very much, they are NOT my style AT ALL. After much thought, I finally found some inspiration in her Poppy quilt. I'm hoping I get it finished in time for the exhibit and that it gets juried in.

Oh, here is a gratuitous picture of my grandson Cade. He was a prince in his elementary school's fall festival. He is such a sweetie and gets a kick out of being on Mimi's blog.



Barbara Triscari said...

Ooh, what a tantalizing teaser of a photo! the quilt looks great, the fingers, not so great! I hope you don't get blood on all that white. Hopefully the back is NOT white. Thimbles?! I have never hand quilted, but I have never liked using a thimble. I can't wait to see the finished piece, in time for the submission and hanging at the IMA! I was working on my submission and decided it was time for a break.

Dana Kroeger said...

Your hand stitching is beautiful! So small and even. It certainly adds to what little you let us see. Can't wait to see it completed.

Lisa Greenbow said...

Your poor fingers. Maybe you need those leather tips that carvers use to save their finger. Good luck with your quilt. Cade looks quite handsome standing there with the queen.

Robbie said...

I use New Skin on my fingers...especially in the beginning so they don't look like yours...ouch!!!! New Skin may burn at first but you can put on a few 'coats' so as not to continue to poke yourself!!! What cuties!!!

Anonymous said...

Cute prince! How sad to see your hands looking like that, but the quilting is beautiful. Have you tried that liquid skin coating?