Works in progress (WIP). It’s all about the journey, right? And memories created in the process.
This week’s post is about two WIPs – totally unrelated, and yet they feel connected.
One goes back 2 years. At the time I wanted to try some curved piecing but it seemed incomplete after it was put together.
I decided this quilt might work better as a background than a simple wall quilt.. Whatever I put on it would have to be simple but visually strong, and I used this lake scene as my inspiration.
The blocks were arranged in similar sections with a sunset sky (upper section), water (center), rock and greenery (lower bottom and right). We carry everything in to our cottage on a short but fairly rugged path and walk around this tree on every trip. It has fascinated me for the last 20 years. Other trees grow up between the rocks until a strong wind comes in and blows them over. But this one still stands. Crows and Eagles love it.
On the background, I decided to quilt the sections to simulate what they were intended to by with some Ruler-Guided FMQ. You can’t really see it from the front but the sections are more evident from the back.
This project has been a WIP for nearly two years and the spot where it will hang on the wall is still bare. All that it needed was the embellishments – A felted tree, felted rock and plants. This week I got out the wool supplies …
and ended up with this…
Now to figure out how to get it looking a little like the picture.
Another project I worked on for the last two weekends at the lake was Dance of the Dragonflies by JoAnn Hoffman.
I have not carried my sewing machine out to the cottage yet for the season, so I have to be strategic in the projects I pick to work on. With no piecing involved, this one was perfect. The Supernova fabric panel for Dance of the Drangonflies was purchased in Volcano Village at Mount Kilauea and the pattern was purchased in Hilo during our Shop Hop.
What I love about quilting is that memories are accumulated for every piece. Start to finish may be years, as in the first piece, or it may be simply months as in the second piece. Memories may take you back to where the fabric was purchased. Maybe some special people were involved. Or struggles with the design process.
Every day there are news clips of the Mount Kilauea eruptions. I have walked around that volcano, have walked up to the lava flows, and have seen the destruction in its path. Some trees survive in the most unlikely places, and others don’t.
As I work, and in the future every time I look at this dragonfly wall hanging, I will think about the quaint little quilt shop in Volcano Village, and the quilt store in Hilo. I will wonder how they have been affected by these events and offer a prayer on their behalf.