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Elemental Quilt

Formerly known as Very Moorish ….

And because quilts change character as you work with them, and as the intention becomes more clear … so too does the name change. It might change again.

I’ve attached on the front panels, and the backing, and the wadding is nicely tucked in between. I wish I’d know when I started stitching that it was a quilt, then I wouldn’t have to work tucking the wadding neatly up to the joins so much, but it’s a minor niggle.

I love the way the stamping has turned out – I love this pattern. It’s called ‘Breath of the Compassionate’ and as I stitch I can feel the infinite inhale/exhale balanced between the stars and crosses.

I’m hand sewing … of course!! (You didn’t really think I was going to machine quilt anything, did you?!) Hand quilting takes much, much longer, but is so much more satisfying than the quick thrill of a machine buzz. I’m using single strands of alternating dull pale gold embroidery silk, and a metallic thread in the same shade of gold … I’m loving the way the two interlace with each other. Although it’s more difficult than I expected to properly manage the geometrics on this fabric, I’m still happy with the way things are going:

In the meantime, the quest for more squares of script goes on … if you know a good arabic calligrapher, you will let me know, won’t you 🙂

And for those who are as interested in such things as I am, here is the back view. I couldn’t bear to cover up the silk I used to back the piece, so I’ve worked the backing cotton around it.

Slowly, but surely, I am getting there. It is very happy-making … this quilt is fast becoming one of my favourites.

Very Moorish – nearly done!

In the spaces left by the Easter holidays and the doom that is the fitting of the new bathroom, I have been quietly stitching away on Very Moorish. It is very nearly and almost done … and I’m getting excited!

I have kept to my simple stitch selection – herringbone, chain stitch, feather stitch, and I just love the way the stitches and the colours are holding everything together, bringing order to chaos.

I was going to turn it into another little clutch purse, but that just isn’t feeling right any more. I think it needs to be a panel within something, but what? I don’t know, yet. I shall think about it some more.

Maybe I will add a border with some text. I was thinking about sanskrit, just because I think the stylised beauty of it would fit perfectly. The only problem is that I don’t read sanskrit, so I’d worry about unintentionally making a mistake and losing my meaning. I might write some arabic instead. I’m thinking of a couple of inscriptions from the Quran, but I need to pick my words carefully, I think.

I’m undecided, too, about the spaces on the blank pieces of fabric … I’m tempted to add a design to them, but again I’m stuck – I love the fabric, so it will stand by itself.

Decision, decisions … I don’t seem to be very good at them today. I shall stitch on, and hope that the design ideas resolve themselves as I go, without pushing, without trying too hard.

What do you think I should do?