My grandfather died in April and it hit me hard. It’s one of the reasons I went silent for awhile. I’m no good at mourning (who is?) and just sort of hid for awhile. At the same time I needed an outlet, a way to show how I feel and what I remember.
A contest on DeviantArt helped me with this. The theme is “Hidden Light”. It’s a collaboration between a visual artist and a writer. I paired up with https://www.deviantart.com/teague-drydan who wrote a beautiful poem based on my quilt and the description: https://www.deviantart.com/teague-drydan/art/Hidden-Light-749304557
The technique is foundation paper piecing and https://mypatchwork.wordpress.com provided the template/pattern with a tutorial you can see here: https://mypatchwork.wordpress.com/2018/05/06/video-tutorial-morning-star-quilt-block/
Size: 24 x 24 inches
Technique: Foundation Paper Piecing
Quilting style: hand-quilting
Time: 83 hours (FPP is very time consuming)
I started this quilt shortly after my grandfather died. It was difficult to create this, both physically and emotionally, because I felt that emptiness as I made this. At the same time it helped fill that within me because I poured my memories here. My grandfather loved gardening and yard work, he fully supported my grandmother’s quilting and was thrilled when he learned I took up the family tradition, and he made summers so enjoyable for me when I was a child. I remember going for walks through the nearby woods and picking wild strawberries. I remember him telling me which flowers were poisonous and which ones we can eat. I remember him watering the flowers on the massive porch they (my grandfather and grandmother) have, the entire thing abloom with color all spring and summer. I remember so much and cherish those memories. His light is hidden from us now, but it shows up for a few moments here and there. I see this light when I go walking and pass the lilac bushes along the street, when I dance with my husband in the kitchen, when I bake chocolate treats, and when I visit the local lake because he took my sisters and me to the beach all during the summer when we visited him and my grandmother.
The colors I chose reflect these memories. They’re soft but not quite pastel, pops of bold colors coming through in the multi-color prints, the hint-of-a-print in what otherwise looks like solids (the pink has little flowers, the blue is a bit of a paisley).
This is my first time creating this quilt block, and I see all the errors. It was an incredible learning experience. Next time I use this block I’ll print the template to full size (it’s roughly 50% it’s original size here) and make a bit of an optical illusion with color choices. It won’t be anytime soon because I have other projects lined up. It’ll large and loud though! My favorite part is the appearance of round but made using gentle angles. If you’re interested in using the template I have a link at the top of the description to the blog I got it from.