Soft Summer Gone.
It’s simple, quiet and empty, yet at the same time, it is luscious and full of touch and time.
The quilting is hand embroidery.
Wool yarn is couched into a large gestural drawing, a swoopy windy cross.
The threads are many colours of silk floss in stem stitch.
I live on an island in Lake Huron, one of North America’s great lakes.
The various yellows are from golden rod collected from fields and ditches.
That bit of blue is indigo.
I use a large oval hoop in my lap to do this – it took two years just to do the quilting.
A sudden time shift and we go back into childhood memory or leap forward into future hopes and dreams.
A feeling of well being.
My work employs the sense of touch, more powerful than the sense of sight for connecting to our emotional inner immensity.
All photos of the quilt in this post are by Nick Dubecki, from Sudbury.
The photo of me with my back to the world is by Judith Quinn Garnett, a fellow exhibitor.
The photo of me with my lovely certificate is by my husband Ned, who drove me to the opening
Soft Summer Gone received two awards in Surface Design at this year's Quilt National.
see here for complete list of award winners at this year's exhibition.