Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Works in Progress

Of course, these are not all my works in progress, just what I've been able to devote some time to this week.
Here's more quilting on Brent's quilt:
...although you will be able to see the golden feathers better if you open the photos in gallery or in a new window.
Here's the thing:  I love coffee, tea, chocolate, caramel, butterscotch--all the lovely colors in this quilt.  Still, I find I can't quilt on it for very long without starting to get depressed, despite absolutely loving to quilt feathers.  Back in the 60's when my parents separated, my mom had to get dishes, and we bought some gorgeous pottery ones in brown, with flowing lighter colors at the ages.  A few months later we realized we were depressed at the end of a meal after eating off those dishes and managed to go out and buy lighter colored ones.  So, I don't know if it's the colors or the memory of those dishes that give me the blues.  I do find it interesting that some people absolutely love colors that I find very depressing.

Because of plummeting emotions, I decided it is wise to work on something I find very cheerful, and what could be more cheerful than rainbow colors...even if it's only the first three colors of the rainbow.
I realize it doesn't look very quilted, but since deciding only this morning that I needed something more cheerful to quilt so far all I've managed is the stabilizing.  
And since I soon have to head into Albuquerque for one of my therapies, I won't get any more done until much later this afternoon, depending on how much energy I have left after the trip to town and my experiences there.  I do have to save enough energy to head to choir practice this evening.  I'm wondering if I'll ever get back to the point where I don't have to carefully budget energy expenditures--I certainly hope so!
Yes, I'm quilting both these quilts on my Necchi treadle--although for ease of transition between quilts, I'm thinking maybe I'll thread one machine for Brent's quilt and thread the one in the sewing room for the rainbow truncated quilt.  (Guess I should come up with a name for the quilt while I'm at it!)
I'm linking to some sites that have some really outstanding quilts posted this week:
Esther's WOW: WIPs on Wednesdays
Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday
Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday
and Connie Kresin's Quilting by the River  (Be sure to check out Connie's posts about Missouri Star Quilt's grand opening in their new property as well as Connie's visit to Hickory Stick Quilts in Hannibal [yes, I've been there and loved that shop].)

Happy quiltmaking......


Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I am with you...I love the bright cheery colors to work with. =)

Dora, the Quilter said...

I just wonder if the people who love the ones I think are depressing love them because they think they are beautiful and complex or if they love them because they find them comforting (or maybe both).

LynCC said...

Love those batiks! Hmm... they look earthy and playful to me rather than depressing. :) But then, I'm the queen of quilt ADD because I get depressed when working for long stretches with ANY project, regardless of how cheery or calming or flat-out boring the fabrics/colors are. I have to work in cycles, rotating several different projects in stages.

Pokey said...

Hope you are heading for a brighter day, it does sound filled. Keep looking on the happy colors!

Taryn said...

I love cheerful, rainbow colors! The quilt is beautiful, it makes me happy :D. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday!

Hillbilly Tonya said...

I find that I like to quilt in colors that I do not wear or decorate with. I love bright and bold for quilting, but I prefer blue or black clothes. Well, actually I don't decorate at all. Move too much. Always rental homes. Whats the point? I have decorating dreams though! Wonder if I would go bright and cherry?

Lisa said...

It is funny the feelings fabrics can make us feel. I dress very dramatically, mostly blacks and deep colors, with somewhat severe lines. Yet when it comes to the fabrics I love for decorating or sewing with, I just love shabby chic with pretty pinks and roses and lace. They make me feel happy when I look at them. And I do not really care for browns and golds, really, either. I love warm whites, and happy yellows and girly pinks and soothing greens. They lift my spirits. I found your blog from your comments on mine and I love it!

Connie said...

Dora, I love both of your quilts! I have been on a kick lately for bright colors but I also really enjoy working with me they make me feel comfy and warm. It is interesting how colors make people feel different ways! Thanks for sharing.
Quilting at the River Linky Party Tuesday

Amanda said...

I love your unnamed quilt...although I guess you might have named it by now. It's beautiful.

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