I began this quilt in winter soon after the Journal Quilt rules for 2007 were announced. I wanted to make a piece that would carry me through the year, showing the progress of the seasons in a single small quilt.
In the winter sometimes the snow will cover the world like a blanket then slowly melt away revealing whatever is underneath. I worked with needle felting and a variety of fibers to create a fallen tree sticking through the snow. Angelina fibers give the snow covered areas that subtle shine of crystal that sometimes happens when the snow melts, refreezes and gets touched once again by the weak winter sun.
Spring comes, first heralded by the crocus poking out of the bare ground, or sometimes sticking their heads out through the snow. The crocus are followed by daffodils. Ferns in the spring are tightly curled. As the weather warms, they uncurl. The tiny flowers and ferns were made by thread painting on Solvy.
Early summer brings lush green fields. When I look at distant mountains, I can see lone trees standing and casting their shadows on the ground.
Throughout each season the evergreens tower over a panorama of change. A large tree grows on the left side of the quilt with needle lace boughs hanging above. I anticipate with pleasure the fall foliage to come when the mountains are ablaze with bright colors of orange, red and gold, each day different until the leaves drop off and are gone. As autumn turns to winter, the cycle of the seasons begins again.
There are things I really like about this quilt
and some that I do not. I like the concept of showing four seasons in a single piece of art and that
is an idea I may return to sometime. I like the foreground, the snow and the fallen tree. I like the thread
work and in general I like the composition. I think the part of the piece that failed was the large
tree, which is too narrow at the top and needs more branches. I do like the binding, which changes
colors as it moves around the quilt, especially the upper left corner which becomes part of the
I do confess that although my plan was to work on this throughout the
year, in truth, I started it in February, completing the entire background and the snowy foreground and
fallen tree. I left it alone from at least April through July and got back to it
and worked in earnest again only in August when I knew it could not wait any longer.
I do confess that although my plan was to work on this throughout the year, in truth, I started it in February, completing the entire background and the snowy foreground and fallen tree. I left it alone from at least April through July and got back to it and worked in earnest again only in August when I knew it could not wait any longer.
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