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I've been cleaning up the guestroom after holiday company and while making the beds this morning I paid a little more attention to this quilt. I made it probably around the year 2000 or so. Would this be considered a modern quilt, as in the modern quilt movement we are experiencing today? I have solid colors in large sections. It is a strong graphic design. I remember I made this quilt because I saw something similar for sale in a catalog and I liked it a lot and thought why couldn't I do that? So I did. I remember piecing it in sections and quilting it in sections. The whole quilt was put together after all the sections were quilted. As you can see the quilting lines were simply pairs of straight lines close together. Hmmm, maybe this does fit the current definition of a modern quilt. No matter, just something to think about.
I'm up early this morning and have been rewarded by seeing the rusty colored fox off in the distance in the woods. Her light color makes her visible despite the dense green foliage. Looks like she's hunting for breakfast as she patiently waits and every now and then takes off, then returns to wait some more. I first met this fox as I saw her going under our back deck a few months ago. A few weeks after that an early-morning look out my window delighted me as two playful young foxes were romping in the woods. This is probably my fourth sighting of this fox. I wonder how many other times I've missed seeing her or her children when I haven't been looking. This is the first time in my life that I've seen fox in their natural habitat. I am once again reminded how much is going on around me that I don't see, and that sometimes if I do look carefully I am rewarded to see some interesting happenings.
An old wire fence I rarely notice on the side of our yard grabbed my attention as the sun highlighted it last evening. I must have missed this scene many times before, I guess yesterday was my lucky day. Could be an artistic inspiration for some people!
So glad the sun is shining today as we get ready for the Fourth of July weekend. It seems the storms have passed and we have been forecasted a lovely weekend in the 70s and 80s with sunshine. Perfect for our local parade. We are expecting my son and his family which includes my one and only granddaughter and her brother to arrive this evening. So today I'm doing all the last-minute preparations for their visit. Many years ago our home was the site of a big family picnic every year on the Fourth of July. But we are happy to be celebrating in a smaller way now as families change, children grown up, and people have different responsibilities. We are already starting to hear the sound of fireworks in the neighborhood booming long into the night.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the birthday of our country! I hope you have a great time celebrating and enjoying the Fourth of July in this great country. What unites us as Americans is always greater than what divides us.
Here's my piece I call "reflections on a day" now finished and off the loom. Final measurement is 12 x 20". I can see that my work is improving. The best part about this is that I designed it as I went and did not begin with a preconceived idea. I think of the different strands of color as exposing different natural elements that were part of my visual experience on a particular day. Thanks for looking at it too.
I'm really glad I noticed this walking through my utility area the other day. This is a reflection on the wall next to the side door of our house. The sun was beaming through the blind on the door window and also casting shadows of the viburnum bushes outside. As they say, art is everywhere!
Soooooo, how's your next winter's quilt going? Mine is on schedule, although there have been a few detours and delays. Here's a photo of my block to do for today. It's my 50th block! I have four more to do for the month of June and then I will only have 25 to make in the month of July. For me this is when my project starts to get down in the weeds. It's getting boring and repetitive. But I am well over halfway making the 80 blocks I need to do and I'm beginning to see the end in sight. A glimmer of light at the end of that long tunnel. So I'm just popping in today to encourage you to carry on if you are making a quilt for next winter. Keep the faith!
Who couldn't use these tips? I am in a continual process of eliminating stuff. A tip that works for me is keeping a bag in my closet for clothing I'm no longer using. Once it's full, off it goes to a thrift shop. And another box in my utility area to gather things I come across that I don't need, want, or use. This summer we are working on stuff in the garage and basement. We've had luck with setting items by the road with a FREE sign. The beauty of that is someone else takes it away!