Saturday, January 10, 2009

quilts and drafting tables, my youth carries onward

In my classroom I am likely to say "onward" when the present moment has taken us too far away from where I would like it to be. I say it often because I do let things flow at times to see where it will head. A technique that works much better than trying to control the class constantly.
So maybe onward is a bit like my lately favored term, "unfolding." And no matter which way you look at it my life it is moving on but still attached strongly to the past.
A grandma who quilted, a father who drafted, and a young boy who doodled. Two posts back, I showed a stained glass design for a friend and hinted that she did something huge. this is it...



She did not piece this thing together. I did. You see I was going to become a quilter (well I guess I did and I am one) and took a class. A quilt top was completed and all that was needed to quilt it, was purchased. I imagined designing my own quilts. Then I took a class in stained glass and maybe that was the wrong path or the right path... but it was the path I have taken (for now). The quilt top was put in a dresser drawer, the supplies in my studio closet. Than I told my friend, who is a quilter, about it. This most likely happened inside my church and if I remember I was chastised with no mercy. Probably not, but it felt that way. Eventually she got the top and the supplies... and spent quite a bit of time completing what now drapes over my couch.

so there are 99 pieces of glass on a piece of homosote waiting to be foiled and soldered, and then framed and delivered. 



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13 comments:

  1. The quilt is stunning. I really like the design. You're still a quilter, you just do it with glass now.

    I may have to appropriate your onward phrase. Love it!

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  2. Gannet Girl and Kathryn --- thanks. It may have been the first and last sewing project for this guy????

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  3. Great looking quilt! Hope you'll let us see the finished stained-glass project. Looks like fun.

    Mich

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  4. I can't wait....! The piece held up to the light is stunning!

    Onward...indeed!!!!

    I believe the quilt top you pieced proves that you are an artist...no matter what medium in which you choose to express yourself........

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  5. PS. No, I was not merciless.... Once you showed it to me, I could not imagine it being stowed away.... As a first quilt, it is beautiful and needed to be seen and used and enjoyed! A piece of art I hope you are quite proud of....

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  6. That is gorgeous, and I love the idea of a "quilt" in stained glass.

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  7. Mich--- how could I not show it now. that would be just plain rude.

    Giggles--- wait you must.

    Zorra--- I hope to do more quilt inspired glass pieces (I did do some in the past)

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  8. You leave me speachless with all the talents you possess....

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  9. Beautiful! Quilts and glass. I love the geometric patterns like bearpaw, they make me feel aligned, somehow.

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  10. Jim--- you never know, it all might be a deception... ;')

    Ruth--- I am so glad to have finally gotten you aligned! Having the quilt complete has gotten me back to doing straight edged designs... maybe I can help you stay there.

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  11. Thank you for sending me the link to this. It's gorgeous! I think quilting and stained glass are linked. I've been wanting to do a stained glass quilt for years now!

    I think you've inspired me to get back to my quilt. Now that the cast is off... after Ride the Rockies, I think...

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to check it out. Enjoy the Rockies

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