The gist of a recent conversation with a friend:
Friend: Hey, have you been busy?
Me: Oh, yeah, a bit.
Me: Some, but I did have a few days last week when I accomplished less than usual.
Friend: Why the downturn?
Me: Exercising my Medicare card a bit. I can’t believe I’m old enough to have one, and I got it just in time for my annual doctors’ visits. And, an unexpected visit to another.
Friend: So what have you learned from the interruption to your life?
Me: That sometimes a few days to rest and reflect is a good thing. An interruption can allow you to shift your focus. Also, that I can see better without my reading glasses than I realized.
Friend: So what’s your latest finished project?
Me: An art quilt featuring a photo Jim made of a Prothonotary Warbler in a local swamp.
Friend: Tell me details.
Me: I printed the photo on silk fabric, layered it with wool batting atop a square of hand-dyed osnaburg fabric and used dense free motion quilting in the background of the image. The lines are about a toothpick’s width apart, roughly parallel, but it’s obvious that it is hand guided. I don’t use rulers. I want the finished piece to reveal that the project was handmade.
The yellow osnaberg layer was hand stitched to a bit of linen I dyed in the indigo vat, then that layer to a piece of commercial fabric, and then to a vintage quilt. All of these were attached using the seed stitch and varying threads. The beads were hand stitched, too.
The label on the back is a portion of an embroidered vintage linen napkin. That and the hanging sleeve were attached using Jude Hill’s invisible baste.
The finished piece measures 16” x 20”. Jim titled it Swamp Bird.
Friend: Anything else I should know?
Me: When you ride your bike, wear your helmet.