November is come and gone too quickly. And it ended with revealing our last challenge with Latitudequilts, Escape. At first glance, this was an interesting theme. But, when I started working with it, I had problems how to solve it as a quilt. I decided to go abstract, focusing on this:
Escape = an act of breaking free from confinement or control.
We live in a world where, in certain environments, being «out of the box» is not always a good thing. You have to fit in. So, I’ve tried to show this by breaking it all down to squares – in rows – with military precision, except for the one escaping and blooming. Because these people are sometimes regarded like a weed, like a dandelion. They are strong, beautiful, full of colour, they have freed themselves from the rules of the garden and pop up wherever they want!
Well, some weeks ago we revealed our new quilts on Latitudequilts. Our theme was «The sound of Silence», and my contribution was «Silence in a Heartbeat». It is based on the experience of what happens when you enter a «dead room», a room where no sound exist at all. Then you start to hear your own heartbeat, and the rush of blood in your veins. I decided to use music notation to express silence, the sound-wave to represent the heartbeat, and the echo-quilting represent the blood in the veins:
Today is reveal-day for Latitudequilts, and here are my little quilt:
I had to go far back to find my memory, from my early childhood. We had a cabin back then, out of the city, with a garden full of flowers and berry-bushes, which my grandmother planted in the 1930s. There also were a lake near by, where we used to go bathing with our row-boat. I decided to go abstract, seeing the flowers in the front, and an overview with lake and forrest in the background, as if seen from above.
Mono-printed and painted calico, freehand-quilted and hand-embroidered.