Sunday snow, Saturday glow

Today the scene behind this quilt is a snowy one. Not at all like yesterday’s blazing blue sky. Rain predicted for later.

Have I ever ripped out as much as I did for this Village Quilt? I don’t think so. I’m so pleased with the result, I’m predicting more fussiness in my future.

First, I had to shrink a glaring rhomboid of orange. Next, the beige square with stitched orbs (center top) looked too static, so I unpicked its two edges and added a triangle to the lower right.

Then, after stitching what I thought was the second to last seam, the roof lines were off so I had to rip out a long horizontal seam and a partial vertical one. ARG! To correct the placements, I added narrow strips to either side of the rectangular section, one pieced, one not.

Someone has expressed interest in the piece and I may leave the finishing treatment up to her. More and more, I like these cloth villages without any backing whatsoever.

Happy Sunday! Any good news to share?

I’ll start: K is home safe and sound from China. Also: I’m enjoying another outstanding Irish author right now and when I say outstanding, I mean mind blowing (the other recent read was by Colum McCann). Also: I managed to get both boys’ birthday boxes in the mail well in advance of their days!

21 thoughts on “Sunday snow, Saturday glow

  1. Liz A

    this is so cool … just yesterday I was telling Don how your quilt-top-in-window pictures have inspired me … now I’m leaving one in the window where dis-integration is inevitable, but I’m going to enjoy the heck out of it in the meantime

    and thank you, as always, for showing us your process … I have scrolled up and down repeatedly, looking at how you resolved issues that were invisible to me until you pointed them out. Fascinating …

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    1. deemallon Post author

      Nice feedback. The step by step business has its own momentum and internal logic that reveal itself, eventually, as obvious. So nice to know it might not be that way to another!

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      1. Liz A

        I especially appreciated the red-line circling of the areas in question … and today, Jude “writing” on cloth to point out where her mind was roving. I think we are so intimately familiar with our pieces, given their incremental making, that what seems patently obvious to us may be obscure to others. Indeed, I sometimes go back to older pieces (cloth and writing both) and wonder “what was I thinking?”

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  2. Anonymous

    Quiet, simple good news in the form of ornamental pear branches that I have been foricng indoors, seemingly overnight,are bursting into bloom…I often have a compelling need in the early winter months to bring “blooming” into our home and for the most part, everywhere we have lived, i have been able to find branches that will give me this early, spring moment…

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    1. deemallon Post author

      Oh I understand! I’ve had Pussy willows on my window sill for weeks. And good thing with all the recent snow here!

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  3. deemallon Post author

    Don’t worry. It happens to me all the time. Comments just vanish but they didn’t so I write them again. Ach! I’ll delete the second one.

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  4. Michael

    Your quilts are mesmerizing to look at 🙂 Happy to see you’ve been having a string of good reads. My Sunday’s been relaxing so far, just about to head downtown for the afternoon.

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    1. deemallon Post author

      Thanks, Mo. The colors are so cheering on a day like this, with leaden skies, mounds of snow still heaped everywhere.

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  5. ravenandsparrow

    Your village process is fascinating and I agree about the nuances added by backlighting. Happy Sunday!

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  6. saltwaterhillknits

    The light passing through the fabric brings the quilt alive in a way – it’s not static or finished. Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ve added it to my list (which is longer than I’ll ever be able to read, I think!)

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    1. deemallon Post author

      My TBR list would take lifetimes to get through. Course would I dream of giving up twitter or TV? Absolutely not!

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  7. Sue Batterham

    The unpicking was worth it. It looks great, so lovely in the window. The pic of the icicles against the blue sky is just beautiful. Nothing so nice here, no rain for ages, dry brown grass and dust everywhere, very depressing.

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  8. Nancy

    I agree with the change to the orange-ness that was going on, although I probably would have never noticed myself. Likewise, thanks for actually circling your changes so we could find them! Ha. The word search of the cloth world 🙂
    My Sunday good is we have two new lil plants living along side of the three we had. They are all on a low table in front of the sliding door and we love our jungle!

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  9. Michelle Slater

    -Just to say (f it matters to you as it does to me who feels time’s winged chariot every day) that I’m reading this post on Wednesday morning March 13th-Wednesday-s’pozed to be ‘hump’ day in the work world-the half-mark of a now extinct ‘9 to 5 world; Our devices have become the new ‘office’ and the work week is 24/7-I don’t ‘work’, that is, I don’t participate in any traditionally accepted work for hire. I’m officially ‘retired’ and spend my days in personal maintenance, speculative and historical research, art play (writing, drawing, photography) personal contact with friends and strangers, occasional free entertainments, in random sorting and clearing sessions, and regular Zen practice. – You astound me, accomplishing so much beautiful, thoughtful works as these cloths and dealing with house and garden and family, friends and critters. ASTOUNDING and OUTSTANDING.

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