I believe I have fallen down the rabbit hole of quilts I want to make. I discovered through a wonderful Facebook quilting page for hand quilters and piecers that I'm a member of, this absolutely AMAZING and FREE BoM called Love Entwined.
|Representation of the completed quilt|
The quilt artist who designed this stunning quilt is Esther Alieu (http://estheraliu.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/introducing-love-entwined-1790-marriage.html) and she created this appliqué work based on the 1700 original coverlet. I'm in awe. Not only of the stunning quilt that this will make but that it is being offered as a free BoM through her Yahoo Group (the free aspect is restricted to monthly postings. Meaning as a member of her Yahoo Group you may download the free PDF for one month only. How this works is when she posts instructions for the next month, the previous month is removed. Fear not however if you missed a month! You can purchase any month you may have missed through her website).
|Original coverlet circa 1700|
I'm feeling drawn to this project even though I have SO many others that are in various stages of completion. I would absolutely KICK myself if I let this project pass me by.
Actually this may be the perfect time for me to start such an intense yet contemplative quilt. I've busied myself over the last year with extraneous quilt issues and in the process have not paid a great deal of attention to completing a quilt. I've finished a few tops and they have been satisfying, but they haven't been contemplating. How do I explain the difference? The tops I have finished are modern in style. I truly love them but they were created using machines and quick piecing techniques. When I make a quilt that I feel is contemplative (defined as: the act of thoughtful observation; full or deep consideration; reflection) my construction technique is always through hand piecing. Piecing by hand for me adds a level of intimacy with fabric I can't achieve by using a machine. When working with textiles by hand I 'live' with the fabric in a whole other way that, for me, forms an emotional attachment to the project I've never archived when I've created a machine worked quilt. And also my brain connects differently to a contemplative quilt reflecting a more traditional aesthetic than with a modern one. Modern quilts are fresh and crisp and fabric print focused. I find a more traditionally concentrated quilts to lend themselves to a visual feast as a whole with the fabrics used adding to the overall look instead of taking centre stage.
So, of course I've signed up through the Yahoo Group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/estheraliubom/). How can I not?