I finished the quilt some time ago, but alas I forgot to make mention of it here. Honestly, I need to get better at keeping this blog updated. Someone poke me if I go silent too long.
I’ve fallen in love the foundation paper piecing. Such a tragedy, right? Sure, it takes more time and patience but the results are so worth it.
Synesthesia: the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.
I have epilepsy. After I have a seizure I see sound as well as hear it. It can be overwhelming, both is beauty and horror. Every sound looks different, some combinations sound wonderful but look like something from a painter’s nightmare. I close my eyes and see as clearly as though my eyes were open. There’s no escaping the sounds for sometimes upwards of two weeks. It’s so difficult to capture sound in a painting or drawing because it moves as I work, changing as it flows around and through me. My favorite sounds are my cats’ purring, my husband when he laughs, small wind chimes in a gentle breeze, the sound of the keys as I type. All of these produce such unique patterns around me and have even brought me to tears.
For this I wanted to create the geometrical pattern of typing while listening to one of my favorite songs. The cello creates this deepest black, something as though cursed and blessed, with soft blips of color from the keys. The violins flow in with light and waves, coincided with the speed of my typing, and the percussion shapes it all into perfection visible only to me.
Sharing this, what I see, is a challenge. I haven’t had a severe seizure in months, but the images are still sharp in my mind. I searched for a quilt pattern but gave up because nothing was right. Then I found it.
This was created using a foundation paper piecing pattern I found entirely by a stroke of luck. To make this I sewed the fabric to paper in a specific order, trimmed as necessary, and arranged the pieces to create the blocks. I’ve had the fabrics for months, just waiting for their moment, and here it is. I did the quilting by hand using a rainbow variegated thread, and kept the quilting as more of a background noise, enough to support the whole without taking away from the resulting image.
Made entirely with cotton fabric, cotton batting, and cotton thread.
This measures 32.5 inches x 32.5 inches / 82.5 cm x 82.5 cm.
The small size makes it ideal for a crib or baby quilt, but also suitable for a pet, home decor to hang on your wall or drape over a table, or even use it as a lap quilt for a child or yourself. It’s lightweight, but will also keep you warm when things get a bit chilly.
Here are some detail shots!
As always I did the quilting by hand. There’s something very therapeutic about hand-quilting. I get lost in a little world with heavy focus on what I’m doing. When finish I feel so much lighter.
This is currently available on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/598769594/synesthesia-lap-quilt-baby-quilt
Price: $250 USD
If you’re interested in purchasing this but don’t want to go through Etsy please contact me. I’ll send you a PayPal invoice complete with the shipping cost.