Two years ago I was blogging this quilt extensively because I wanted to link up my progress with Jessica Alexandrakis’s Star Count. Kinda feels like a million years ago.
I have this thing where, I reeeallly have to push myself to finish things, even when they are 92% done. So this had been sitting around unbound for quite a while. The push finally came with an entry deadline I didn’t want to miss. The quilt was accepted and last week hung at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in Philadelphia. I have attended that show for more than a decade and entering something was always a goal.
New-ish to me was writing a little statement to go with the quilt. It was hard to fit all the thoughts and emotions that go into a quilt into one little paragraph. And the theme of the show was “evolving,” and I didn’t even get to touch on that idea. Here’s what I wrote:
This quilt began in anticipation of my daughter’s birth. I pieced the stars while homeschooling my older kids, then, while nursing baby Vivian. Next I floated the stars in a sea of pale hexagons. So many hexagons, and most were made with sleeping baby on my lap. I began to realize that this quilt is a reflection on life; bright shining moments surrounded by many more ordinary moments. The ordinary ones are no less beautiful.
I used every one of the 75 words allotted and could have said much more about technique, ideas, and how the style of this quilt fits into the theme of the show. I would have liked to hear more about the other quilts on display as well; wish there was a way for more to be said.
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to go back and round up some progress shots of this, since it’s been so long in the making.