From the moment I decided to create this book I imagined the letter T to be a tree. I’d done a commemorative textile piece for last year’s Winter Solstice Full Moon Eclipse (Serious Solstice and Solstice Completed), and I really enjoyed painting the tree. How many things could I hang from it? What would I put in the background? And what kind of tree would it be? But while looking through my fall fabrics I found a large bag containing quilt blocks (about 20 of them) that were in varying stages of completion. The pattern for the quilt was with them, and as is often the case, I no longer find the design appealing. It has a lot of hand applique, something my eyesight does not lend itself well to. But the pieced part, the triangles, are in different fabrics of similar colors, and the paisley is the glue that holds them all together. So I thought I’d use one, remove the part that has the applique and remake the border so that the page would be a 12″ by 12″ for the book. After all, there’s been precious little trigonometry so far, and my points on this block are an embarrassing mix of perfect and horrible making it befitting of this whacky project.
I have plenty left for several fall table runners which would be wonderful gifts if I could every get myself to finish these. While reconfiguring this I started to wonder. Surely I am not the only person who makes quilt blocks and doesn’t ever get them together in a quilt. Indeed, I am reminded of a bag of blocks that are somewhere in this house that was handed down from my grandmother to my mother, and now to me. Except for the sentimentality of them, they are awful; a hideous blue color of hundreds of hours of embroidery in some Dutch motifs. I imagine they were all the rage in the 30’s, 40’s and maybe even 50’s, but not my taste, and not my style, and certainly not in my house. What will I ever do with them? …if I find them again, that is.
The word “triangle” is stamped in Memories Dye Inkpad “Sepia,” and this page definitely falls into the “quickie” category. The pile of completed pages has some heft to it now, and I’m nearing the halfway mark. If I keep up this pace, I’ll have the book finished way before Thanksgiving.