It is Friday... another week at work. Some weeks my job is good, but this week wasn't one of them. I work in a windowless basement doing computer support. The office building is nestled on a service road of Sunrise Highway on Long Island. You hear incessant traffic noise.
To top it off, the neighborhood has seen better days.
But today I noticed that nature has a way of reminding you want is important. A litter-strewn vacant lot right on the highway reminded me that beauty is everywhere.
The flowers are just beautiful!
So take joy in the little things! A field of flowers made my day!
In February of 2016 I had the amazing experience of visiting the Leopold Museum in Vienna.
I knew nothing of Austrian art. The museum featured artists I really didn't know much about:Klimpt andSchiele.
I found Schiele's art to be amazing. His life was such a tragedy, with World War I shattering his world. He and his wife died young but he still produced an amazing collection. He liked to paint nudes and many of his works were destroyed, but what remains is so inspiring.
His landscapes look like quilts to me and I am planning on making quilts that reflects the landscapes he painted.
It has probably happened to every quilter, you are visiting a friend and she points out a quilt that has been "loved" to death. In my case, my friend Pat had a quilt that was a wedding gift from her sister. It was purchased from a group of nuns who quilted to make money.
Since it was a wedding quilt, I agreed to help. The quilt was made with "not the best"quality fabric that was piling. That I couldn't fix. The tears I repaired or appliqued new fabric over then.
Because a polyester thread was used for the quilting, it had deteriorated. Most was broken and missing. So I hand quilted a lot of the quilt in the style it was originally done, 6 - 8 stitches to the inch. It was relaxing to quilt that way. I made sure to use good quality thread.
So I'm just about finished. It was a lot of work, but I'm sure Pat will be happy.
The moral of my story.... use the best quality material and thread you can afford. Hopefully your quilts will be loved and treasured as much as this one is! You want them to last for years to come.
I lecture on Sunbonnet Sue history. My lecture follows the 20th century and the evolution of Sunbonnet Sue in quilts. I love finding quilts that I can show in my lecture that back up the information that I present.
I just found a quilt that is making me change what I lecture. My history information goes through each decade of the 1900s talking about how quilters made sunbonnet sue quilts:
1900s - redwork
1910 - Crazy quilts
1920 - the beginning of appliques Sunbonnet Sue quilts
1930s - the decade of amazing Sunbonnet sue quilt with most done on plain backgrounds
1940s - Patterns of Sue change, but very similar to the 1930s
1950s - Sunbonnet Sue gets busy on tea towels - days of the week, more embroidery
1960 - Many different patterns emerge
1970 - Sue become Holly Hobby
1980 - Sue starts making a statement/political quilts/bad sue quilts
1990 - Pieced backgrounds are beginning
Anyway, I found this amazing 1930s quilt from the North Western part of the United states that shows that some quilts in the 1930s and 1940 did have pieced backgrounds. The quilt I found has 24 different blocks and each one has an amazing pieced and then embroidered background. Here is one of the blocks:
The background is pieced. The sue is appliqued in one piece. It is a similar pattern to the "Hurry up Sue" pattern found on the Sunbonnetsue.com website.
But the time spent doing the embroidery, is incredible. Each Sue is different. Each background is different. I'm working on getting everything scanned and patterns made. This quilt is too beautiful not to share!