Rex Escargot Begonia leaves
|Out Of Memory|
Until August 24, my intent was to base my spiral quilt on the Rex Escargot begonia plant that I have been "baby-ing" since I bought it last spring. It was kind of a sad little plant, but has been thriving in my kitchen ever since. I am fascinated with its spiraling green and silver leaves. It was also this plant that inspired the theme. On August 24, a college friend and I, whom I had not seen in at least 18 years, were finally able to get together and we had a wonderful few hours talking non-stop. At one point, we were discussing where we had traveled over the past few years and I mentioned that I had gone to New York City with 3 friend ( including Nedra ) in March 2011 specifically to see an exhibit of 651 red & white quilts. I went on to explain that it was the way that the quilts were hung, with the center display spiraling up to the ceiling that was truly amazing. Hmmmmmm....SPIRALING up to the ceiling...a light bulb moment! After that, I was "off and running" in a completely different direction, but one that I was so much more interested in working with. I really am quite pleased that I now have a quilt which "honors" a most magical experience.
Some of the images from bottom left are: knife, folk & spoon representing all of the wonderful food that we had; the next image is of Central Park, which we walked though to get to the Park Avenue Armory where the exhibit was held. The red image on the upper left is the front of the armory with the exhibit banner. The red image on the right is of the quilts spiraling up to the ceiling and the last image is of the back of my camera, which informed me after being at the exhibit for no more then 10 minutes that it was OUT OF MEMORY! Needless to say I was not happy, but had to laugh as it was not just the camera that was out of memory. Had I still been using a film camera I would have remembered to bring at least 5 extra rolls of film, but it never occurred to me to bring an extra memory card!
I am most grateful to my friend Carol Babineau for "inverting" two of my photographs ( kind of turns them into a negative ) which allowed me a better image to make a screen from.
The only "quilting" on this piece is the 2 machine stitched New York Beauty block arcs, which originally were to be hand stitched and after seeing Alice's stitching on her spiral quilt I am sorry that I did not follow though by doing the same.