Today it seems like early Spring. The weather has been almost 50 degrees F outside with a gentle but persistent rain. The kind that make Spring bulbs start to peek up... testing the air with little green fingers. A few crocuses, some daffies and tiny daylily greens. It's coming....Spring may make it here, yet.
The quilt blocks are coming along also. Two more bloomed for me this weekend. I love Brodiaeas. They hide in the grass waiting to surprise you. I found these frequently in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in California, as well as the grasslands of the Sacramento Valley. They look rather like wild onions but are blue or purple.
These had a hard time 'sticking' on the silk. And, if you look closely, you can see my little bits of red thread holding down tips of flower petals. They did felt in but loosely. When I do embroider these for details the threads will remind me where to carefully detail or tack them down.
My second block is of cone flowers. There were at least three different types that I remember growing in East Texas. The purple variety I liked the best....but I needed more zippy color for the quilt, so I did more of the Mexican Hat type. I like they way these turned out.
I haven't counted how many blocks I have yet....but I thought I might put them out on the felting table to see how they look together.
I couldn't get them all in at one setting. I should have got a chair. There are ruffles of silk around the blocks which are overhang on the wool of the bottom layer. Those will be clipped away I think.
I found that I was making most of them the same size. My plan is for green pieces between the blocks with vines or leaves. I think it should pull the whole together. I've not ever done such a large project.
Next weekend it's off to upstate New York for a Northeast Feltmakers Guild meeting. No working on the blocks, or blog for that matter. I will have pictures to share, members willing, when I return. They are a fantastic group. It's always hard for me to organize and travel far for only 2 days, but I'll visit with friends and be weary yet full with new ideas when I return.
The slow process of rolling felt is like a meditation. It gives me pause to think about movement, color, texture and everyday life. It helps me remember the simple pleasures. This blog is to be my visual reminder of how I felt.