returned home from Berlin
on Monday early afternoon, I first picked up my son from school, unpacked the
car and then waited for my soul to catch up with me after the 600 km drive.
That included loading the washing machine, checking the contents of the
refrigerator, and taking my son to track and field practice. And going to bed
Tuesday I immediately focussed and set to work on quilting my entry for this year’s challenge from the
Carrefour in Ste. Marie-aux-Mines.
|"Red Line" in the first stages of being quilted|
Similar as with last year’s topic, I had not
immediately been blessed with a flood of ideas for “deformation”. I
procrastinated, thought about the deformation of the words ‘freedom’ and
‘solidarity’, and how that could possible be turned into a quilt. Solidarity
could have used the logo of the Polish union Solidarnosc, which then could have
been deformed via photoshop.
with ‘freedom’ (in German).
But I am not an expert at photoshop, neither of the attempts
satisfied me, and at some point I had decided I wasn’t going to enter. Then sometime in May I received
a reminder from the organizers reminding me of that wonderful new prized given for teachers by the Japanese sponsors for the first time this year – I am teaching in Ste. Marie-aux-Mines this
year, and they had not yet received my entry... Extended deadline: June 27. Call that pressure? Time
running out, too, with only a few weeks left.
couple of days before we left for our vacation, I did have an idea that I found
interesting enough to follow, that would be relatively easy and straightforward
to realize, and on our way to our holiday apartment my husband and I talked it
through a little. It will be a quilt that fits into the series ‘Play of Lines’,
though coming from a totally different source of inspiration than most of the
other quilts in that series. Of course, during the holidays I could not
actively work on it, not being prepared, and not having the studio space
So when I
returned home from vacation due to constant rain, I could get most of the
sewing done before I left for Berlin. Focussed work!
Now I am
working on the quilting.
|Back of "Red Line"|
|Detail of "Red Line"|
I have finished the machine quilting, and I do want to include hand-stitching as well.
However, severe limitation in my supply of black threads suitable for
hand-stitching is posing a difficulty. Too bad – it will have to work like
this, because the deadline is June 27th and I can’t spend time
looking around for threads on the internet, waiting to have them shipped to me
and only then start with the stitching. So, as the quilters in the old days, I am making do with what I have.
really like working under pressure like this. But somehow I get the
impression that it is part of how my mind or my creativity works. No idea how to change it, and
no time to think about that right now...