Monday, May 20, 2013

the sum of the parts....

i've been working away on my vintage linen quilt, section by section, block by block, adding snippets of linen and lace here and there, along with delicate embroidery

a labour of love

up until now i've been moving along at a relaxed and somewhat gentle pace

entirely suitable for what this piece has come to mean for me

but with the quilt show in just two week's time, i do need to get serious about finishing it

so i have gathered together all the sections, finding a layout i like

skeins of embroidery thread pinned to the places where i need to go back and finish stitching already begun

 thinking in terms of the whole now... the sum of the parts

i don't want it to be a disjointed collection of motifs and embellishments, rather, a quilt with an identity

it's kind of a backwards way of going about things, but i can tell you truthfully, when i cobbled together the first section, i had no idea it would become part of a quilt, no less a christmas quilt

 sometimes creative pursuits find their own path

i've done all i can think of up to now, while treating them as independent parts of an intended whole

so the next task at hand is to join them all together 

in order for what happens next

 and what is that you ask?

well, i'm not quite sure yet

stay tuned...


Michelle Palmer said...

So very beautiful!! A treasure~

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh Jillayne this is a very exciting stage to reach! There are few possibilities in how to put this altogether and it is looking absolutely stunning dear friend!
Already! I really love this stage of creating a quilt. I can identify the small sections being created along the way and now seeing them altogether is making more sense to me now!
A beautiful piece and a total credit to you even unfinished!
Sending warm hugs,

Marj Talbot said...

Totally agree = stunning and a total credit to you even unfinished. It holds memories and special fragments of cloth/lace. It all ties together - family, love, peace, faith, ......... you deserve an A.

Createology said...

Oh Jillayne each section is even more beautiful and special as they come together for your Christmas quilt. Simply breathtaking to see your progression of tiny little pieces of fabric and stitches which have come to have such a personal meaning to you. There will never be another quilt like it ever! Best of Show is how I see this entry...

Sherry said...

This is such a beautiful project. I love what you have done and I can see that it will be a treasure.

Becca said...

Such a beautiful project...linen and favorite! Can't wait to see it complete!

Heather said...

So far it is absolutely beautiful, it will be even more incredible when put together and complete! Cheers~

Angela Richardson said...

It's exquisite Jillaynei love the beautiful lace with the hand stitching.
It will really be a 'White Christmas' for you.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

This creation of yours is so beautiful! What a lot of love and detail has gone into creating every aspect of it.


Mosaic Magpie said...

When I took this class...this was the most difficult point. How to fit all the pieces together and not lose any of the work I had created. As you have said when you begin the journey you have no idea where you are headed. I think what you have created here is beautiful...a real treasure. The lace Christmas tree was a nice touch. I am looking forward to seeing it as a whole.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jillayne, Each section is just gorgeous and so full of wonderful details placed by your incredible talent. I look forward to seeing the finish and what you are planning.
Have fun with the process.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Susan Hemann said...

what a lovely idea. I collect vintage linens, preserving the work of women

lynn said...

this is just beautiful and i really love those puffy stars.. the laces and stitches are so beautiful and such a personal touch.. you need to relax.... and i wish i could help you. im sure the quilt show will be a success.. thank you for sharing with us. and especially for being you
lynn l

Dorthe said...

Oh what a beautiful quilt my dear Jillayne- so much work of heart and art, and so many gorgeous little motives, becoming a whole- whatever comes next it will be of beauty and lovelyness, my dear, that I`m sure.
I love this put so wonderful together, showing all your gorgeous embroidery and applicated sweetnes- you will be ever so proud and happy having this as a gorgeous treasure for all the years to come.
Hugs from Dorthe

Suztats said...

I can see it coming full circle, each little part stitched with love, each piece created from love-love of family, love of winter, love of Christmas, love of white snowflakes.......and little stockings holding messages of love. A love quilt, borne of love and created by love. And so, no matter just what comes next-whether it be a blanket covering someone with layers of love-or a wrapping cloth to wrap someone in love- this cloth made from your heart,and holding it in each stitch, is destined to be loved.

Deb said...

Wow it is a breathtaking piece of art even at this unfinished stage I can imagine the beauty.

Mary Walden said...

This is so beautiful--I love the stockings and the Lace Christmas Tree the best.

FredaB said...

I bet this will be the hit of he show.
You aredoing a beatiful job of it.

The Christmas tree is really a reat idea for lace. How clever you are.


ps - are you taking this next class. I am.