I recently received back three quilts I had made years ago, two from a relative who has recently died and the family were happy for me to have them back; and one from another relative to mend, as it had had thirteen years of use on her bed and was showing wear and tear.
It was strange getting these items from my past back again, it was like seeing old friends you haven’t seen for years. Whilst being jerked back to a former time in my life is a bit weird, I was happy to see them again. The one pictured above is called “Wheeling Stars” and involved a lot of hard work with all the embroidered stitiching.
I thought seeing the ones I had made for my deceased aunt woud be sad. Indeed, there is a sad element to getting them back, that she is no longer with us and they are no longer on the wall of her house, which has been sold. But the quilts themselves are looking joyous, sparkling, in fact even better than when I first made them. The pleasure my aunt had in buying, displaying and enjoying them has rubbed off on them, so that they reflect back this happiness to the viewer. Similarly, the rather worn and faded bed quilt, now gives off the added feeling of having been valued and used, and feels like a happy object.
I remember a quilter friend who had had a quilt accepted for a travelling show and won a prize for it, when she finally got the quilt back after one year of travelling to shows all over the world, she said it came back very much enhanced: sparkling from all the admiration it had received.
We all know that art affects the viewer. What I am realising now, is that viewers affect the artwork too! It reflects back the admiration and enjoyment it has received from viewers and owners. It is a two-way process.
Delighted to be showing again in this friendly gallery, which is doing well despite the Covid 19 times we are in. after being in quarantine for two weeks, this outing to hang my work there felt like a real treat.
Here is my latest work, a wall hanging, bed throw, or table runner, using concentric squares design in pastel colours. I’ve made a set of matching table mats to go with it. Enjoyed showing it at Gallery BN5, Henfield, Sussex, and now it is for sale in my Etsy shop.
This is my latest quilt, a long thin one, which I have called “Tiger, Tiger”, as its inspiration was the poem by William Blake called that, which I saw recently at the Tate Gallery. It could be used as a table runner, a foot of the bed throw, or hung as a wall hanging in, say, a passage. I have made four matching tablemats too.
This was the first time I have used curved peicing throughout a quilt, and I wanted to celebrate this small triumph with a old friend of mine, also a quilter. But sadly she died of Coronavirus a few weeks ago. Same age as me and in apparent good health, so this was shocking news. I miss her. So now every time I see this quilt, I think of her, and the quilting knowhow we shared, and it now has a quite different meaning for me than it was meant to have when I started it in January!
I’m showing my work in this delightful small gallery, in Henfield which is a large village in Sussex during the whole of February. Looking forward to stewarding in the gallery and meeting people who come in.