<– I received this in the mail in March 2013. I can’t actually remember when I made this–>but then 2013 was the year that cancer & the cure was kicking my butt and I’d lost track of time. I do remember being inspired by Larry’s gift for colour and abstract art. I also remember the happiness I felt when I opened my mail to see this piece. I also knew I wanted to create something from it. I started with 9 1/2″ squares of white Kona cotton. From the scrap bin I cut shapes and stitched them onto the background. I don’t think these even have fusible web. As free as can be!
<– This block was created from a reflection of my stained glass maple leaf on my kitchen cupboards. I remember it being one of those days where all I could do was sit and stare. The sun shining through the window was mesmerizing.
I remember it felt uplifting. I took this photo and soon after (I think) created <– this block. I used my trusty maple leaf from Maple Avenue for the applique.
Towards the end of 2013 I returned to work. It was in one of my clients homes that I spied this –>The family had built a carriage home on the back of their property. The homes in this area remind me of the heritage homes in the Townsite, my old hood. This window was so delightful, especially so on a sunny morning. This piece was made with raw edge applique and FMS.
The time stamps on the photos is September 2014. When I look at some notes that I made there was supposed to be a 4th block. It didn’t get done but will eventually be made into a separate piece. I did however keep the three blocks, scraps and the remaining white Kona cotton together. (I learned the hard way how different white fabric can be!) I also do not remember when I purchased this Art+Quilt book. Was it the reason I started looking at art quilts? I honestly do not remember. I pulled it out in late January thinking it would inspire me. I feel like I’m having trouble reading and absorbing it BUT for some reason it IS inspiring me. I’ll keep reading and absorbing as I work my way through the book. (I have another bunch of pieces that are even older than these.)
This past March (2021) I decided it was time to do something with them. They went up on the design wall for a day or two and when I decided I liked how they looked I cut the remaining white Kona. It was pretty easy to assemble. From there it was deciding how to quilt it.
I decided to be bold and use a variety of threads and colours. The photos don’t pick up the colours but there is pink, blue, gold, orange, rust, green and grey. I just let the individual spaces talk to me. I used a piece of (ancient) fossil fern for the binding. I wanted it to stand out just a little bit more than the background white but not have too much of a framing look.
Right now I have it hanging on the white blinds in my sewing studio. It is in full view where I look at it frequently. I can plainly see the path I took getting it to this finish. I see the people who inspired the blocks. 18″x26.” “Dawn of a New Day.” This was a really fun piece to do. It makes me happy. It is so far outside the box of anything I’ve ever done. I’m really looking forward to the next one. It will be from the reduce, reuse, recycle bin with lots of happy memories attached.
Please #StayHome #BeKindBeCalmBeSafe…Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye