Monday, February 29, 2016

- Sunshine on a cloudy day

I've been trying different ways of combining cloudy gray with sunny yellow on my weather patches since our Hill Country days often start off cloudy, but end up sunny. Previous attempts were somewhat successful, but not much fun to make. Today, that changed, so much so that I made a full-size patch to mark the breakthrough ...

Patch #60

I did debate in my mind whether to put the morning clouds on the top or the bottom, but on the weather patches themselves I've gone with putting the grey to the left and the yellow to the right ...


Perfect timing as the past two days have been perfect examples of cloudy mornings turning into glorious afternoons ...


Luckily, the sun came out in time to shine on both the January and February strips of daily patches ...


Then I put them on the bed, where I think they may someday become a part of a full quilt ...


Of course I've got a long way to go, but the biggest hurdle was overcoming my decades-long aversion to doing patchwork and quilting ... so contemplating a full-size quilt is truly a leap of faith (pun intended).

Never say never.

My patchplay is admitedly a bit eccentric, but I love the serendipity of it when the two strips are brought together ...

crescent moons ...

lighthouse and anchor ...

grasses and wildflowers ...

and the arcs of sotol barbs and migrating sandhill cranes.

For now, I've hung the strips from a door frame in the living room until they can be joined by some additional months ...


  • and I still don't like the sunset patch from last week (sigh)

6 comments:

Dana said...

Your patchwork strips remind me of priests' stoles. The prospective quilt will be amazing.

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks Dana ... And you're right. I'm recalling a stole that the kids at our (long-ago) church made as a gift, patched together from drawings that had been transferred to cloth.

Mo Crow said...

Hi Liz, these are looking amazing & I totally understand your reluctance in making a quilt with your exquisite attention to detail, I feel the same way about animation it will have to wait for the next lifetime!

Liz Ackert said...

You hit the nail on the head ... it was my inability to control patchwork that held me back. Fortunately, Jude's techniques were a real breakthrough in process that made patchwork into Patchplay.

Nancy said...

I absolutely love seeing these on your land...the colors pull you in to their story. Your stitching is so fine Liz.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you for coming by ... I'm enjoying this combination of long-time stitch with newly discovered patchplay