Friday, January 06, 2012

mended world

evidence of time spent careful labour and hours of touching by many people small pieces not measured but unique, always interesting

12 comments:

handstories said...

rivers and rivers of stitches-what a wonder to gaze on.

Jacky said...

Definately unique and many, many hands....
what have you use for all of those beautiful strips? I clicked on the picture but couldnt get it large enough to see the detail. Are the strips pieced too?
I just love the updates on this project.

Jacky xox

Judy Martin said...

Yes, the strips were pieced.

This is an elaborate string quilt.
Strips of cloth - between one inch and 2 inches, were pieced together, and then cut and pieced again, cut and pieced again, to end up with long thin strings of pieced strings. This was done on the machine, but even so, the pieced strings fell apart easily.

These pieced strings were then stitch and flipped onto cotton lawn foundations - I think there were 12 or so - about 8 inches by the width of the circle. This stitching and flipping was all done by hand, using backstitch (mending stitch). We mended it as we pieced it.

The result is an uneven imperfect surface that resembles things we see in nature, like fields of grass, pebble beaches, leaves on trees against the sky. Fire. Water.
Things we stare at, small parts that make a whole, always moving almost.

Thanks for your support always.

Jennifer said...

After reading your explanation of how the quilt is made...well...I'm in even more awe of you. The quilt is just exquisite.

eb said...

like waves
flowing
the parts and the whole dancing
beautiful images...

xox - eb.

Penny Berens said...

Oh, all that texture...just amazing. Love this one.

bwilliams said...

would love to sitdown and stitch on this...just for the opportunity to run my fingers across this surface which calls out to be touched

Karen said...

I love how the light rakes across the quilt in the first picture-- the texture is inspiring!

Velma said...

i think i'd like to rest on/in/by this quilt. it's surface calls for touch, for looking.

Gracie said...

Each time I see the images of this panel here I think it shimmers; your comment that it resembles thing in nature, well that's it. So beautiful.

deemallon said...

beautiful! many layers, many steps, many hands!

Jacky said...

Thanks SO much for the answer to my question Judy. A labour of love and patience has produced such wonderful texture in this piece. I just love knowing the intricacies of how this piece is stitched.

In awe of your patience workmanship .

Jacky xox