Words for Grey, Part 6 (and Finished!)

Words for Grey is complete!

And just in time for those blustery Fall days, complete with wind and rain, to make their annual appearance.

This piece of art was the product of too many days spent looking out the window at dark, grey skies and exhaust colored snow last winter.  I found myself contemplating words — synonyms — for “grey” in an attempt to take my mind off the fact that Spring was taking its sweet time in arriving.  It was mid-April and still snowing.  The native Mid-westerners were in agreement that the 2013 – 2014 winter was one of the longest, snowiest, and most abysmal in recent history.

All those synonyms turned into a poem (link below), then the poem turned into a sketch for a quilt.  The quilt includes the spots of color that were missing from the dark days of winter.

I am pleased the finished piece so closely resembles the original sketch.

What do you do when Winter drags on?

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Words for Grey (link to poem)

 

GREY - Detailed Sketch
Original sketch
Grey - Finished
Finished art piece. The warp comes from the grey strips. I should have alternated ends when stitching strips together – lesson learned. But I like the warp; it gives this life. The world isn’t flat.
Grey - Poem Label
The poem label
Grey - Sunlit
I laid this on the bed while I was preparing to hang* it for its first photo opp. When I saw the sun fall across the scene, I had to take a photo. More light on a grey day.

*Hang = tape to wall with painter’s tape, scramble to take picture for record and blog post before art falls to floor.  I really need a better system when my art is finished and ready for its close up.

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Next up: A Mariner’s Compass quilt from a pattern for the technique lesson.  Come back in two weeks and see how it’s going.

Words for Grey, Part 5

Apparently I’m part of the slow quilting movement, if there is such a thing.

Over the last two weeks, the quilting has begun.  The only piece that still needs to be quilted is the tree and then I can move on to binding and finishing Words for Grey.

Few words this post – mostly photos.  Hope you enjoy.

GREY - Quilted Leaves
The leaves were cut free hand and fusible appliqued to the background
GREY - Quilted House
The house was quilted “stitch in the ditch” to maintain the “siding” effect
GREY - Quilted
The rain keeps coming down

Please come back soon to see the finished art.

Is there such a thing as the “slow quilting movement”?