Sunday, June 23, 2024

Not from the Real World

Yesterday,  I woke up and spread my Dresden plate quilt on the table.

Then I made a schedule for the five days I have before the Birmingham festival of quilts show is picked up from my house on Manitoulin  Island, Canada for delivery to England.

Saturday June 22:   Mend these Dresden Plate appliques with velvet. 

Sunday 23 - Wash and block this large quilt.  Finish making all display sleeves.  

Monday 24 - Make a list of the fourteen pieces.  Include measurements, insurance values and updated titles and send it to the organizers.  Finish all remaining sewing.  Begin folding quilts with tissue paper and plastic bags.  Start packing the boxes.  

Tuesday June 25 - Finish boxing up the exhibition with care.  Label everything. 

Wednesday June 26-  The boxes will be picked up between 10 am and 5 pm.

At the moment, the exhibition is stacked on chairs around the house.    

I've worked so hard for this solo show.  I've worked 10 hours a day for over a year.  

I've been able to do it by working on three different pieces each day for one week, and then switching to three new ones the following week.  I've had to abandon a few that I just couldn't finish.

Most of the pieces are large scale. Most are very simple, and have grids of dots or circles.

They are abstract, folk-like.  They are not representational.

Not from the real world.  Not from the news.

The quilts in this exhibition seem to be a throw back to a simpler time.   

The quilts in this exhibition speak the traditional language of quilts.  

They use traditional patterns.  They use fabrics that come to hand such as sewing scraps, repurposed domestic fabrics, and pieces of clothing.

The fabrics in the Dresden Plate quilt have faded.  Some of them are worn out and need replacing.  Why?  They are all at least fifty years old.  The fabrics in the applique's are from my high school and early marriage sewing projects.  I unpicked the circles from the worn white cotton that was the original background of a quilt I made as a bride, and placed them onto new squares of silk, linen, or lightweight wool cloth.  

I remember that sensuous time in my youthful life every time I touch one of those fabrics.

Now, touching the velvet replacement patches will send me off into a different kind of dream world.  

I look forward to sleeping with this quilt once the show is done.  The new title of the Dresden Plate quilt is You are a Single Star.

C.G. Jung called the circle and square combination a metaphor for the inner life.


Julierose said...

This has been a very long year of working for you, Judy. I hope your solo show goes off really well--I am so happy for you--you really deserve a "showing" of your lovely works. The Dresden Plate quilt is just so lovely, faded patches just adding to its sweetness...hugs, Julierose

Cj said...

You are a single star, fitting indeed. I'd be anxious sending those beauties off, but have to just trust in the delivery. What a trip ahead, may you find celebration in all the artistic creators, and be celebrated yourself with new fans and friendships. You'll surely remember one day curled up. What a lovely life you live.

Stephanie said...

Judy, I prefer to think that your art, the quilts, and all they represent are in fact the true real world. In addition to creating, you've done a superb job of organization. How I wish I could see them in person!

Maria Armstrong said...

I love your dedication Judy .. this work speaks of love and going on. Spectacular 🙏💗

Nancy said...

The behind the scenes prep - so daunting, but so close to the finish line too. A star shine Judy! I love looking at all of the stitch landmarks, a map of time and an invitation to let one's fingertips explore. So amazing!