Thursday, June 25, 2009

I’m Still Here . . .

sort of. I haven’t felt very well since my surgery. I had my follow-up appt. with the surgeon yesterday, and he said he wouldn’t have expected that I would be chipper and feeling well at this point. He’s revised his recovery time from 6 to 8 weeks, since this is what he calls a “re-do” (the 2nd surgery for the same issue). Plus, I’m fairly sure that the surgery kicked off another bout of pancreatitis, which the surgeon had said was likely. ANYWAY, enough of this boring stuff.

I have been hand-quilting my Garden Path quilt since I was in the hospital three weeks ago. I actually started this quilt almost exactly two years ago; I was writing in my 10-year journal the other day and noticed an entry from two years ago where I had written about completing the quilt top.

And now, I’ve finished it! Garden Path is 42”h x 26”w and is machine-pieced, raw-edge appliquéd, and hand quilted. Here are the results:

garden_path_quilted

And a close-up:

garden_path_quilted_closeup

The center of this quilt was originally a "convergence"-style quilt (from Ricky Tims' book, Convergence Quilts). I cut the plants and butterflies out of batik fabric and machine-appliqued them over the center panel, then added the borders.

I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I finish something like this. Otoh, I’m temporarily project-less and I don’t have the energy to start something new. I’m sure if I look around, though, I’ll find plenty of WIPs from the last couple of years that I can work on.

7 comments:

JYA Fiberarts said...

This is a lovely quilt and I bet it feels good to have it finished. I love the colors that you used. Hope that you're soon feeling better. Judy

Trina said...

I really really love this one! Cant wait to see it in person.

Sherry said...

great piece. of course i am a fan of the batiks. feel better soon.

Judy Alexander said...

Beautiful. Hope you feel better soon.

LaughingLG said...

The butterflies are beautiful up close. Speedy healing.

Rachel Murphree said...

Michele -- this is a lovely quilt! I adore the colors and fabrics. I'm sorry to hear you're not recovering quickly. hope that changes.

Rachel (rcbeads from clothpaperstudio)

Melly Testa said...

Nice work, Michele.