Crazy Quilt IV

No internet or cable TV for us yesterday.  What’s a person do when they are cut off from electronic devices?  Go shopping with their own two feet instead of surfing the net, read a good book, and go outside to get a few minutes of sunshine.  It was my version of a perfect day – low 70’s, low humidity, and lots of sunshine, and I enjoyed it.

There was an area wide outage all day yesterday, but we were reconnected with the worldwide web around 7pm last night.  It required both the electric company repair people, and the cable company repair people to fix the problem, so it must have been a biggie.

Here are a couple more photos of Sarah’s crazy quilt.  This first picture is just a bit above the middle of the piece:

This is the first time Sarah introduced blue embroidery thread.  I’m pretty sure it was because there is blue in the patch on the right.  That patch was not hand embroidered, but looks beautiful in that spot.  Do you see the brownish fuzzy patch above that patch?  That is dimensional.  It feels like the fabric used to make teddy bears.  It’s very soft and small patches are missing from it, but I found it interesting that Sarah included dimensional fabric in this piece.  The red patch at the bottom of the picture, and the black on the left is also soft, plush fabric.

And here is another photo:

Red embroidery thread is used for the first time here.  I’m sure it was to pick up the red color from the plush fabric above it. 

It’s very interesting to me how Sarah tied in her embroidery thread colors to the fabric patches.  She extends the color onto neighboring patches.  Lots of us use tone on tone embroidery threads – meaning we might have a light cream background and use a darker cream or taupe to embellish that fabric.  Not Sarah.  She pulls the color from one patch and uses it against a totally different colored fabric – for instance the red against the black.  This extends the color throughout the piece, adds a lot of drama, and a lot of complexity to the piece. 

I’ve never been all that interested in history, but realize I am interested in the history of this textile piece.  It’s also making me want to learn more about Sarah and how she lived.  Wouldn’t it be something if 100 years from now a fiber artist finds a textile piece I’ve made, and be inspired to research the past?  It’s a very good reason for us to include our name, location and date on our work.



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