swirl and fish batik

This is one of the hand-sewn chunks that will be added to the large Global Warming quilt — of course, I say “large”, but the last time I was designing a large Global Warming quilt, it ended up as two smaller quilts (or was it three?). This could happen with this one, too.  Especially since I have laid out the top third of the quilt on one side of my table, leaving the lower two-thirds on the other side. Hard to relate them visually this way.

I have appliqued on top of pieced sections before, but never slowly and by hand like this.  If each little section is a landscape or story unto itself, does it render the entirety, once re-inserted, richer?  More interesting?  I hope so.  The temptation is to keep this aside, as its own thing.

But then, it may go where my foot is.

I can thank Jude Hill for introducing me to the idea of ‘slow cloth’… normally at this stage in a quilt’s life, I would want to gallop full tilt to the finish.   As long as I can bear to tred on the fabric laid out now in two sections on the floor for weeks on end,  it seems I will relish taking my time.

6 thoughts on “swirl and fish batik

  1. jude

    leaving things around to brew works wonders if you lose the stress. it is a great way to ferment idea. i often sleep under partially constructed quilts. just to get the feel of the cloth and let it speak to me.

  2. deemallon

    agreed… looking while passing often reveals the next move, as opposed to ‘studying’ — love the idea of sleeping with a work in progress.

  3. Dee

    thanks, arlee… it is refreshing to stitch with just two layers of fabric — instead of three, four, six, one of which is upholstery weight!

  4. Dee

    thank you Victoria — the batik is one of the last shreds of an Indonesian shirt I found at “Clothes by the Pound” — it is incredible to me how much pleasure and artistic mileage one man’s short sleeve shirt gave me!

    The black rayon spiral is from a NEW find!


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