I’ve shared with my readers my journey recreating this landscape art quilt. It was one of my very first pieces completed and was exhibited in a few juried shows and it won Most Original Quilt as well as ribbons in some quilts shows. It was a Noteworthy quilt in 2009 in Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine. I was surprised at the commission request and the mystery of where the original went. I have moved on to more abstract and non-representational work. I wasn’t sure if I was up to the task. But I rarely turn down an opportunity to sell a work!
I’m a great procrastinator. Once I wrapped my mind around doing this commission I thought of ways to make a pattern (!!!!) and decided this was going to be easy peasy. So I procrastinated while I worked on things that were fun. This was going to be work.
So the first thing I learned is that even with making a basic pattern , no two art quilts will ever be the same. They are the same but different. The middle tree is fatter and the heron is fatter…must have eaten a few more trout over the years. But its mostly the same as the original piece.
Because I had good photos of the first piece I was able to blow them up to get a general feel of the quilting. Surprise! Muscle memory took hold and when I was in the zone stitching I felt like this was the first time. In other words, time went in reverse and I had the feeling I was doing this for the very first time; thinking ahead to the next area to stitch.
But the very most important thing I learned was that I LIKE to do this kind of work. I was able to get in a zone of work in the studio that I haven’t experienced for a very long time. And it was not work, it was FUN. Here is the completed piece, shipped off to Einstein Health Network, Moss ReHab, today.