Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Indian Summer - Quilted

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this little quilt.  It started off as an "experiment" in response to my own desire to try a Mod quilt.  I am absolutely enamored by the tension created between stark white and bold vivid colors.  And what better combination that the colors I visualize as representing a delicious Indian Summer and bright, crisp, winter white!!


I made a bunch of improv log cabin blocks with utilizing a stack of warm orange, red, magenta and yellow blended hand dyes, batiks and homespuns I had lying around. After playing with designs, I decided to make those into four patches spaced with 6 inch solid white blocks within which I quilted a tribal sun. Spending alot of time in Arizona and New Mexico I have come to understand the symbolism of the sun as an icon and sincerely appreciate the beauty in that thought. I really enjoyed quilting the suns free form.  They look so great!


 Something I find interesting about many   modern quilts is the backing.  Oftentimes there some kind of visual "pop" on the back.  For  Indian Summer, I   pieced together a long strip of the fabrics I used in the log cabins and sewed it down the middle.  I also randomly placed a color block here and there in the binding. 


This week I'm going to focus on the new  Spirit Cloth workshop I'm participating in  "Cloth to Cloth." I'm looking forward to learning Jude's technique for creating a base layer cloth by weaving it myself. I am excited  to pick up a needle and thread again after spending so much time with the machine lately. Should be a delicious reprieve

9 comments:

Deborah said...

Nice! I also really like the back.

Mary said...

beautiful quilt Cathie!

Lynn said...

Very pretty, do you know I cannot see other's comments as they are dark font on dark background? Can you see them???

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous Cathie. The colours work so well with the white and the pops of colours on the side give it zing. I hope you enjoy some peaceful time hand stitching. Jude is a wonderful inspiration and I long to stitch a slow cloth and have had one one the go for six months or more but hardly get it to it, so I am very envious of your workshop. Enjoy every moment, my dear friend xo

Michele said...

it looks beautiful!

Joei Rhode Island said...

Very nice. Love the single stripe on the back. Have fun in Jude's class. I did the 1st one....the group was great and did lots of interesting pieces.

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ACey said...

I like your visual pop on the back and the tribal suns. Have the day and evening to myself so I have been THOROUGHLY ENJOYING a chance to play with Jude's basic weaving technique. I am using rescued material from an old duvet cover to give new life to a really old quilt I made several light years ago and which my husband refuses to get rid of although it's a very sad, tattered thing indeed. He is quite sentimental about it and so the "new" facelift should appeal to him. It is too much fun to stop although I'm also itching to work with my pretty silk ribbons and maybe some liberty of london prints mixed with my recent elderberry dyeing samples.

Ophelia said...

Awesome quilt Cathy! Gosh, I wish we could play....I really want to sew!!

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