Friday, November 11, 2011

celebration

We enter our third year of the Manitoulin Circle Project this month. You can see by the stitching on the left side of the second panel, Mended World, that it was ready to be rolled yesterday. Rolling a quilt on a frame needs more than one person. 110 different sets of hands have worked on the project over the two years. We celebrated. I made a cake. Lots of people came for that and the slide presentation about the first panel's creation and installation. The two panels that are still being pieced were put on display. In the lower right is the fourth panel, so far a grid of re-purposed wool. Precious Water, the third panel, is laid out above that, and in the back you can see Mended World on the frame. I have a pin wall in my studio at home, and have been trying to keep ahead of things. The lower half of Precious Water is entirely made from three inch squares. These are either reverse appliqued with dots or embroidered with horizontal stem stitches. They are being pieced together by hand.

Still lots more dots to make. It's careful work.



Lots of touching.

Lots of laughter.


Dots of love.

14 comments:

Valerianna said...

Thanks for the update... and congratulations on the finished panel!

Karen said...

Oh my! I didn't realize that it is such a massive project. The first panel is gorgeous.

handstories said...

this is like watching a very long pregnancy with excited anticipation...what an amazing community creation.

Sweetpea said...

if I was anywhere near you, I would have joined in to help with this project long ago...such a fine, fine hymnal of stitches.

Ms. ∆×∆p×≥h/4π said...

Magnificent

Tikkun olam

"(Hebrew: תיקון עולם‎) is a Hebrew phrase that means "repairing the world." In Judaism, the concept of tikkun olam originated in the early rabbinic period. The concept was given new meanings in the kabbalah of the medieval period and further connotations in modern Judaism."

"We in the Tikkun Community use the word "spiritual" to include all those whose deepest values lead them to challenge the ethos of selfishness and materialism that has led people into a frantic search for money and power and away from a life that places love, kindness, generosity, peace, non-violence, social justice, awe and wonder at the grandeur of creation, thanksgiving, humility and joy at the center of our lives."

excerpts from-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tikkun_olam

stitchinglife.com said...

It's breathtaking, Judy. I think I say that every time I see it. It just keeps being more.

chrissythreads said...

I wish I could see this 'Magnum Opus'
In the flesh. The first completed panel is stunning and I can't wait to see the next. Congratulations to you and all of your fellows.

mansuetude said...

absolutely beautiful on so many levels. thanks for sharing this.

helen salo said...

Can't get enough of this. Can't say enough great things! Wish I was closer, too, so I could participate in this wonderful, spiritually fulfilling project.

Hoola Tallulah said...

So much beautiful work going on. And that cake, wow, that is a serious cake!

Velma said...

as i read this today i thought, why not drive up north and stitch with judy??? this project is so compelling! thank you for updating us. it feels very important.

Gina said...

I love reading about this project Judy. It is such a wonderful achievement and the results are stunning. Congratulations to you all.

jude said...

how time has flown....

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