The Modern Quilt Guild states, “Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”
This is one of my designs I created while in the #30quiltdesignschallenge2018 hosted by moi in the spring. It is truly a rush to have something you drew on paper, or on a computer come to life in fabric.
I decided to use the Blue Moon line again because blue is my favourite colour and there was just, I mean just enough yardage for the background for the quilt. The neutral background yardage they sent was too wheat-coloured to work with the blues and although I do have a sort of rainbow of colours I could have used for the geese, (I still plan to for rendition 2 now I have a lighter background), they wouldn't have worked on the wheat-coloured background. Yes, there is a pattern coming. Had hoped to roll it out with this post, but it's not to be.
I did add in one or two blues.. Thank you Island Batik, for providing these rich beautiful batiks to work with!
I draped Daphne, my newly-named, but not new to us, metal crane in the quilt. She looks quite rich, doesn't she, well, okay intrigued as well, as she examines the geese on her back!
Before I go any further into the quilt, I'm sure I need not explain the name, as I'm pretty sure everyone knows the incredible science and cooperation between geese, swans, cranes, etc flying in formation. Here is a wonderful piece to read, Lessons From Geese.
The math for figuring it out wasn't so bad at all, but trying to get the pieces as large as possible for as few seams as possible, and woodgrain all in the same direction, caused me a few pains in the head! It all worked out in the end, down to getting the side 'sky' of each goose running vertically as well.
|On the bench, (geese heading in a different direction!) under Naala's tree; MacGyver has plans to make her an urn in which to put her ashes and bury her here. It's a tranquil spot.|
I thought about the quilting for a bit. I knew I wanted to do ghost geese beside the fabric ones.
I also wanted some swirls to emulate the swirl of air as their wings beat, some wiggly lines like I did behind the migrating geese in my Quilt Flag for the Henry Glass Fabrics Challenge two years ago, and then...
They are my absolute favourite thing to quilt, and to doodle. Geese have feathers! Perfect. I had a ton of background to fill with glorious feathers. The ones I did here are Kathleen's Cheater Feathers. I've done them on LOTS of quilts; they come with an echo, LOL.
I freehand drew a gently undulating spine, trying very hard to mirror it on the opposite side. That was when I could have used one of those bendable thingamajigs, which I am going to get asap. Still, nature is not perfect, nor am I, I just keep trying hard. Not only did I mirror the feathers from one side to the other, but I also mirrored them from top to bottom.
For the circle spiral, to tie in the swirl and hook design in the big centre 'v' of the top and bottom, I traced around this used-to-be candle holder, now longarm tools holder!
On the downward swoop, I saw that I needed to fill in the open space between the geese, so I had little curlicues go off and do semi-circles in there too.
Full disclosure: I can't even claim the excuse that the quilt was advanced along the rollers and I'd forgotten what I'd already quilted for this idiot move:
Ugh...didn't realize until it was being blocked.
I kept having the desire to put in a few ghost geese at each side. I nearly shot it down, but in the end thought, no, it's a persistent enough feeling that I'm going to do it. I like to think of those three on each side as parts of other flocks heading to the same place.
|Ha! WHY when I'm so careful, does an inadvertent pink thread get stuck to the quilt?!|
I had almost none of the pale blue left and just leftovers of fat eighths of the blues, so I debated a scrappy binding, but somehow it didn't feel right. I rummaged through the dwindling supplies box and tried a couple of pieces with enough yardage to bind, and settled on this, Dot-French Blue. I love it!
|Machine-stitched to the front, pressed, wrapped to the back, pressed and glued and then stitched in the ditch from the front. I like this look best on the front for machine binding, as it looks identical to hand-stitched-down binding.|
You can see in that photo that I quilted in my initials along the lower side there too, and you get a glimpse of the wide backing (not Island Batik) that I bought off my destashing friend, which had a couple of hunks this perfect size, about 46" square.
I thought the triangles were the perfect fit. Love the way the quilting shows up on the back, well the pale blue thread anyhow!
So much angst has been in my heart, so much anger, shock, and outrage over this past month and a bit. I drew the original design during a similar time, when Syrian refugees were coming to Canada by the thousands, fleeing war, risking all, including their lives. I originally called the design "Caw-Mon Ground" a play on words, something I love, but symbolic as well, important to me in almost every quilt. The symbolism here is of coming together, that we are first and foremost humans, and to treat each other, that is every. single. person. as a human and worthy of respect and dignity and kindness.
I do hope that one day we shall meet in the middle, as the four, who, with their two ghost geese partners, do in my quilt.
Update: Reverse-sewed, then went back in and sewed in my satin label (egad! I've forgotten that how many times?!)
Pattern: Original design
Size: 42 X 43.5"; 41.75 X 43.25" after quilting
Fabric: Island Batik Blue Moon provided by Island Batik
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% cotton
Backing: Prisms by Studio E Fabrics
Quilted: on Avril my HandiQuilter Avanté, dot to dot with ruler, and free motion
Threads: pieced with 100% cotton Gütermann and 100% Aurifil; quilted with Gütermann 50 wt 100% cotton, and Aurifil 50 wt 100% cotton, Superior The Bottom Line in the bobbin
Number of Stitches: 155 668
|There's something about the setting sun on a quilt that made me go out and take just one more photo before publishing this|
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