Thursday, February 21, 2008

Where Have All the Jays Gone?

Where Have All the Jays Gone?
16 1/2" x 24"
It is the 1 year anniversary since my quilt, Jay Walk, has gone missing. Missdelivered by the United States Postal Service, neither the company that signed for it, nor the USPS knows where it went. The USPS did pay my insurance claim eventually, but it does not begin to replace the loss I feel over my very special quilt being gone. Though I will always remain hopeful that it will find it's way back to me, it is time to move on. I made this little quilt to commemorate its loss.

New stuff: I took the pink shibori fabric from the earlier post (More Distractions) to use for the petals. However, the pink and white just didn't look quite right. So, I colored in the white thread resist markings with Tsukneko inks, yellow and orange. I really like the way that turned out.
The leaf fabric was made using pole wrap shibori. Though less obvious in this photo, I used light colored lime green thread to quilt the upper part of the leaves and a darker olive green to quilt the lower part of the leaves. It makes it look like two slightly different fabrics. What a difference quilting can make! Okay, it's a bit subtle in the photo, but in real life it looks quite lovely.
I made a big effort to make the background quilting more meaningful. In the top half, I quilted seven big circles. These represent the seven missing jays from Jay Walk. And in the bottom half of the quilt, I used a square stipple design to represent the buildings that make up the back ground in Jay Walk. In the sky I quilted words to go with the sentiment, and to help them pop forward just a bit more, I colored them with a very dilute white Tsukneko ink.


Nellie's Needles said...

(sigh) ...

Unknown said...

I love it, what a whole different experience when you click on the close up. awesome quilting kathy!

Anonymous said...

This piece is lovely, not only for the design, but also for the intricate quilting details and your choice of colors. I'm sorry about the original quilt. Hopefully, it will one day find its way home.

Anonymous said...

So beautiful- I would love to see the purloined original. Is there a picture of it anywhere on your blog?

Anonymous said...

I found a picture of it- I saw many of your quilts during the search and they are all exquisite.