Winter just makes you want to escape. In Atlanta we have had a rough winter by our standards, but the silver lining for winter is that it gives you time to travel dream and to travel remember.
Last weekend, cold rainy weather inspired me to create my Bali memory quilt. Daughter India and I spent 9 wonderful days in Bali with Craftours.
The highlight of the trip to me was being kissed by an elephant. So the quilt began with an elephant. This elephant has his trunk down, so I imagine he misses me and can’t wait for my return. That is why I named the quilt Back to Bali.
Another big highlight of the trip was batik school and shopping at a batik factory. The quilt includes the pink batik fabric I actually dyed myself under the hot Bali sun and the red batik in the border that I purchased at the batik factory.
We will never forget our wonderful accommodations in Ubud. The hotel gave us an original batik fabric square, so that is also included in the quilt.
We have many more memories that are not in this quilt yet, but perhaps when I embellish it, I can find a way to include, wooden masks, monkeys, cooking and lots of flowers.
Winter truly is a time for travel remembering — and for dreaming about the next trip. #ovsfulfilledfebruary #Bali
In preparation for my 9-day Craftours of Bali, I saw many pictures of colorful batik markets. The batik markets of Bali inspired this series of quilts. I wanted to randomly mix different prints to get a bazaar effect. Since I was experimenting and many of the fabrics had a large scale, I decided to make the blocks big. That’s how this series of quilts got its name.
There is a herd of elephants on the back. (Remember we are going Big). If you prefer to hang the quilt rather than cuddle under it, there is a hanging sleeve on the back for easy display. A label documents the quilt.
This quilt is one-of-a-kind. #bali #ovsneversaynevernovember
I spent today with my closest quilting friends. We have been working on the Passacaglia quilt since January, and today was our monthly gathering date. I decided to do mine in red and white rather than the colorful ones you may have seen in shows and online
Since the quilt is pieced entirely by hand, there is plenty of time for conversation. It feels like the quilting bee of years gone by.
It feels good to slow down. #ovsoctober #handquilting #passacagliaquilt #slowdown
Happy Labor Day! If you are traveling, be safe. If not, do something you enjoy.
I am enjoying my labor today – so much so that I am calling it a staycation. I have spent many enjoyable hours getting myself back on track with my long term projects. Just to name a few, I am doing a block of the month of the “Affairs of the Heart” pattern. I have managed to get 18 of the 36 blocks fused. I have named this quilt Everyday is Foreplay.
I started a new block of the month of the Kaleidoscope pattern by Quilt Addicts Anonymous. I named this quilt A Beautiful World. I managed to finish the blocks for the first 3 months. Only 9 more to go.
Finally, I made a little progress on my red and white Passacaglia quilt. Finding enough different reds to make this quilt interesting is quite an adventure. Progress is slow because this quilt is done entirely by hand.
In between working on all these projects, I watched some great football. What a great staycation!
The most memorable thing to me about my recent stay at the Jekyll Island Club Resort on Jekyll Island, Georgia is that there were so many sitting places. I don’t mean they have a lot of chairs. They have porches. Well, technically verandas.
Verandas are fancy porches. The dictionary defines a veranda as “a large, open porch, usually roofed and partly enclosed, as by a railing, often extending across the front and sides of a house.” Yes, the Jekyll Island Club definitely had verandas.
The entire resort encouraged a slower pace — like it was whispering “sit down and stay a while. What’s the rush?”
Rocking stairs encouraged you to linger. Little conversation nooks were tucked away, encouraging conversation. Or, if you are traveling alone — hand quilting.
Today was the last class for my Pictorial Applique class. We met for a year, and under the careful tutelegde of Melinda Rushing, we learned to choose a photograph, make the pattern, create appliqué pieces and appliqué the quilt.
I chose the beautiful flower above as my inspiration. Maybe someday I will show you a finished quilt, but not today.
Whether my quilt is ever finished, it was fun learning a new technique with some really nice ladies.
When was the last time you did something outside of your comfort zone?
After returning from the work place again (I served as the Interim East Point City Attorney for four months), I decided I needed a hand quilting project to return my brain to a calm place. I chose a UFO I have had for a year. I started this quilt in a class taught by Quilt Artist Juanita Yeager during the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Juanita taught us how to paint watercolors on silk. I enjoyed the class but never finished the quilt.
I named it Give Yourself Big Flowersin keeping with my life theme to always be good to yourself.