Sunday, August 4, 2013

it's all black and white...

the thunder is rolling, lightning flashing and the sky is dark, dark, dark

they have been warning of this storm all day, and as is the case with many other weather events, the weatherman's bark was far worse than the storm's bite

i suppose they're erring on the side of caution, but honestly...

it seems it's more of the exaggerated reporting style we are stuck with these days 

if nothing else though, it was a good excuse to bunker down in the sewing room and work on this...

 no matter how hard i try, i just cannot get into my other cloth - it isn't speaking, whispering or even yelling at me

so i have gone back to white

and am making a miniature-sized appliqued version of a "wrapping cloth"

when i was making my white quilt for the show (the one you were stuck reading about for months on end) it was pieced and embroidered in sections, then joined together to make a quilt

i had a hard time when i first did the joining... i was so used to seeing the parts as separate things, that trying to view it as one piece was difficult - i didn't like it so much at first 

so now i am making small sections and keeping them separate

little quilts

 i'm quite enjoying myself too... the idea has captured my attention and i am going to play with it some more... so far i've imagined three but i think there are at least two more lurking in the recesses

below you can see three of the four star points appliqued in place - one to go, which is just being embroidered, hopefully to be appliqued in place tomorrow

i think these will be ideal projects to take along on our trip in september

 the backgrounds and applique pieces for each can be sorted and packed before we go, along with embroidery thread

and of an evening, when i am tired from the busyness of traveling and sight-seeing, i can curl up in a cozy chair and applique and embroider away, reflecting on all i have seen

here at home though, the storm has finally blown past, but below you can see how it looked about ten minutes before the wind blew...

the sky was so amazingly black yet a short hour later and the sun is out, the air is calm and the storm has blown over

kind of like how i feel about finally about setting aside my other cloth


Createology said...

Dark skies and stormy lightening...really? We have nothing but glorious sunshine and perfect temps. Some rain would be welcome. Your stitching projects are such peace and calm to view and I imagine to work on. I like to have travel projects but then find myself too tired to actually work on them. I adore how you will sit and reflect on your day as you stitch away. Bliss my dear...

Marj Talbot said...

Our skies looked much like that but little to no rain drops. We need rain - very very dry.
Your little quilt is looking good so far - so many ideas, so many stitches. I can't imagine working on a project during an exciting vacation, but good that you can relax and take the time to reflect.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love your latest work, lovely as always.

We had a nasty thunderstorm pass over late yesterday afternoon as we were working on installing the new a.c. At least we were under an awning for most of the work.

Have a wonderful week happily creating.


Suztats said...

Wonderful pieces to work on during your trip (if you have time!) I love the lace wrapping up and over the star piece!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jillayne,
Oh how I love to create when it gets dark and storms. Your work is gorgeous and I love all the details. How fun to take along on a trip. The sky pic is beautiful!
Hope you have a great and creative week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Your work is a beautiful contrast against that scary dark sky. It's been a crazy year for weather.

Mosaic Magpie said...

Nothing better than having something to stitch on while the rain comes down outside. Love the piece of lace extending over the star.
I found something GRAND in my mailbox today!

Dorthe said...

Dear Gillayne,
We could use a little dark skies here giving some water :-) but the thunder I don`t like! What I love is your so beautiful white mini quilt- --such wonderful laces and pieces of fabrics, and your beautiful sewing !!
A most lovely work of art!!