Thursday, December 27, 2012

Canadian Pioneer

I started this quilt in 2008. 
First, I cut vertical strips from old blankets and then sewed them together. 
Then slashed a curve right through them.
Then mended that.
Then felted the whole in the washing machine.
It survived all these things.
Risk after risk.
"I do, I undo, I re do"  (Louise Bourgeois)
Made completely from wool.
Wool blankets, a woolen skirt,  wool fabrics, wool yarns
backed with wool, couched with wool
Finished in August 2012,
and named Canadian  Pioneer.

20 comments:

  1. i LOVE this....the colours, the textures. An amazing quilt and it's humble beginnings an old wool blanket.
    I washed a couple of old blankets of grandma's last week and was wondering what I should do with them as I was folding them off the line. They have a few moth holes, and one a few stains. I was thinking of using them as batting...but what you have done is so much more exciting. So I am going to think on this a bit longer. Thank you for the inspiration. You are an amazing quilt artist!

    Jacky xox

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  2. This is magnificent! The colors are rich. The design is handsome. The texture is playful. Thank you for the inspiration. I need to go find some wool!
    Is this a heavy piece?
    In the outdoor photo is looks to be the size of a tree! Did you felt it in your washing machine?
    Wonderful risk taking!

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  3. Love this! The colors, the texture, that it's wool and the risk involved. Thinking about how important risk is to learning.

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  4. The others have already said it -- the colours and textures are wonderful! And then there is the encouragement for us to risk...

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  5. This is beautiful -- lovely colours and I guess the feel of it is so good.

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  6. I am looking and looking, my eyes are filled with his beauty so simple yet so complex, who said that fiber art is a minor kind of art?

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  7. Wow! What an amazing quilt. So much love and riskiness! I am especially in love with the colors and textures.--Julie

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  8. Measurements are 48" wide, 65" high

    It is just the right amount of heaviness. When I was stitching it on the day bed at the cottage, I would pull it over me and wham - straight to sleep.

    A very useful piece of art.

    xxoo thank you very much for your support of my work in this blog. It means a lot to me.

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  9. A woolly beauty, that's for sure!

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  10. Stunning, Rich and Inspirational. Just Beautiful. And Brave.

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  11. How I would love to touch this surface!

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  12. ohhh what a lovely piece - the texture looks amazing - want to just touch and touch it! I'd like to invite you to link up to my Off the Wall Fridays where fiber artists/quilters connect what they are doing creatively. We find it super motivating, educational and encouraging!

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  13. I'm having an OMG moment, looking at this gorgeous piece. xo

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  14. I think i am in love

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  15. What a surprise. It looks timeless, like its been around forever and always will be. The archetypal blanket.

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  16. I'm in awe. Wish I could see and touch this quilt in person, the texture looks incredible.

    Magnificent.

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  17. a survivor cloth, wizened, useful, and made beautiful by her journey. i always look forward to seeing what you've been up to.

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  18. An Pioneer Boro with a delightful back story lol What a joy to see!

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  19. Incredible Judy. I don't comment often because of word verification...but had to tell you how totally stunning this quilt is.

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  20. I found this by accident and now I can't take my eyes off it. SO beautiful. You've inspired me to do something hopefully wonderful with the wool I have sitting here. You've put a big smile on my face today.

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Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx