Belated Greetings, and an explanation about why my posting is a bit late. Actually my quilt has been ready for a while, but while trying to compose this Blog entry, my computer, iPhone, and digital camera got together and collectively decided to take the day off :-( I've spent hours trying to upload the pix of the quilt (iPhone, camera, computer), and finally had to text (iPhone) the pictures to my sister and have her e-mail them back to me. Arghhhhh ! Anyway ... Here we go !
This quotation (Music is What Feelings Sound Like) is near and dear to my heart. I started piano lessons when I was 6 years old, and started playing the organ in Junior High. Music has always been an integral part of my life, and often, its where I "go" when I need some peace and quiet; when I need to think things out; where I find happiness, joy, consolation, solace.
One of my former organ teachers (truly a Master at his craft), would often tell me to "Play with Passion ! " in other words not just 'play' at the music, but really put my heart and soul into it. I've found this to be really important when I accompany church services.... especially those having to do with what we call "Life Events."
When I'm 'playing' and rendering service to others as a "Liturgical Musician," I'm at my very best. I know the people need comfort, support, encouragement, joy, laughter .... all the emotions that go with the life events we encounter on our journey. I'm able to do that through the graces of God, and the incredibly awesome musicians who have accompanied me on my own personal journey.
In making this quilt, I used my computer (Shreky! ) to word process the quote, then made paper stencils for each of the letters / words. Using "Mystyfuse" and dark blue batik fabric, I was able to construct the words, and adhere them onto the lighter blue background fabric.
I wanted the quilting to be rather ethereal, so kept the stippling pretty tight around the words; then expanded the quilting to include lots of swirls, expanded stippling and meandering. The threads are two of my most favorites: Madeira 30 weight variegated rayon (absolutely yummy !), and Madeira monofilament in the bobbin.
The backing of the quilt... of course was inspired by music :-D
The binding: Pinked raw-edge fabric fused to the back and front of the quilt, and then top stitched, as described in "Fusing Fun !" by Laura Wasilowski