Monday, January 02, 2006

Stairs & Squares: A Walk Through the Sky Garden (& addition)


Here is the piece I've been working on and thought was finished until after looking at the photo and realizing that the blue center square with the Chinese coin is just pinned on and needs to be centered. Small detail that may not be attended to for awhile since I'm bored with this piece. After disassembling the first version using these fabrics, and eventually completing Asian Rhythm and Blues, the left-over fabrics remained on the design wall. Finally, decided to consider a trio of quilts of similar theme and fabrics. The result is Stairs and Squares: A Walk Through the Sky Garden. Now there are two, but any third piece will be on hold as I'm tired of the whole idea right now.

My intentions for Improvement have failed to become manifest during the first two days of the New Year. Yesterday was full of preparations for company and a late New Year's lunch of black eyed peas, cabbage, fresh corn, collard greens, cornbread, turkey and pork loin. Dear Fee made all of the Good Luck foods; I made the corn bread, cleaned house, and searched for things that had been part of the organization fiasco of a few months back. (Since the attempt at organization was interrupted, I managed to distribute boxes, etc. in various closets, under beds, and in the garage with no general idea of what went where. The completion of this series of tasks is high on my list of priorities.)

Today, procrastination is at the forefront - delaying tactics and "displacement activities" (whose blog mentioned displacement activities? Those things you do when you should be doing something else). I have joined joined Deb Lacativa in Honoring Procrastination (a ritual I am organically suited for) - see her Dec. 31st entry for a better idea.

Addition:


Here is the Asian Rhythm and Blues quilt.

14 comments:

  1. Jen,

    My eye really wants to move around this piece...it is very atmospheric and light. Are the stars sewn on? This quilt appeals to me, and your quilting is VERY good!

    Don't be too hard on yourself about delaying tactics and displacement activities...you may need them right now.

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  2. Jen, you may be bored with this quilt, but you can send it to my house any time! LOL! You're probably just "too close" to it. It is really beautiful! I love your beautiful use of coral-y and cerulean type colors together.
    Beth (a.k.a. Paige Turner)

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  3. Jen I like this quilt and find it very restful, like walking though a Zen garden,

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  4. I love Stairs & Squares - do you have a picture of Asian Rhythm & Blues as well? My curiosity is peaked and I'd love to see it too!

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  5. I love both of these quilts, and I agree that the quiltng is beautiful. Sometimes it is good to take a break from a work (or a series) and get back to it with fresh eyes. Nothing wrong with that. Or maybe your vision has changed and two is enough.
    Jen

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  6. Jen, they are both beautiful quilts! I don't know whether you'll ever want to go back and make your third in the series, but the first two are stunning - maybe you'll feel like it after a break!

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  7. OMG - "displacement activities"...I am all too good at those!

    I like both quilts very much!

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  8. These are both woderful. I especially love the colors that you used. Asian Rhythm and Blues is lucious!!

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  9. This is lovely. The colors are so smooth and relaxing - very well done!

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  10. The stars look like they are dancing in the sky - LOVE IT

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  11. Jen,
    I LOVE these quilts...wonderful!

    I want to thank you for your earlier post of the quote from Guppies for Tea...I hope to incorporate it in my first journal page if that is ok with you? It really gave words to what I am feeling right now. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I am continually amazed at how much people can touch others' lives without even knowing it...or them, actually...
    (((hugs))) Debby

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  12. Somehow the arc of the flat stairs leading to the stars allows the movement back without a strict feeling of going up or down, just an open path between heaven and earth. Peaceful.

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  13. Great pieces and the movement is very obvious and well done. Clap! Clap! Clap!

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