It's been more than six months since my last blog post. I should have called this blog "The Coastie and the Quilter" because I so rarely post anything about cartographic projects while I have inundated you with quilting stories, and over the past year I've barely written anything about living in the Airstream (which we still do when we are in Washington state). The fact is, he is once again in the Arctic with his Coast Guard activities, and I am once again in Nova Scotia doing house projects and working from my office here. Last year we had to spend 9.5 months apart, and although we've done better so far this year in regard to time together, not by much.
I started quilting another of my mother's photographs while I was visiting my parents in Maine last month, and finally finished it here in Nova Scotia last week. This one is called "Performance" ...
You can see the original image on the first page of her website: BrootPhoto.com
The original image left a lot to be desired in that much of the saturation of the colors was lost on the fabric print, but it was what I had left to quilt at the time, so I tried it out. In the end, this quilt has become in many ways my favorite; certainly it is the most technically proficient effort to date. We have since printed nine more images and some of those are going to be spectacular! Here's what I started with:
My solution for how washed out it looked compared to the original was to use lots of thread in various colors. Here are the five colors I originally chose—and I added a few more by the time the quilt was done.
Whenever I get especially stressed out and need to relax, I like to do jigsaw puzzles. After I arrived here in Nova Scotia and before I picked up this quilt again, I did five puzzles. Maybe that's why this ended up looking like an insane jigsaw puzzle. I also had to build in the structural elements of the flower because they had been lost with the printing.
It took me lots and lots of practice, but I think I've finally perfected binding a quilt. I feel so proficient with it that I'm considering pulling the binding off a quilt I made last year to change it to a different color.
So that's "Performance" (the quilted edition).