November 01, 2010

The First Act: The Pain

This is the quilt I was working on for the "What would you look like if you were a quilt?"  Yes, clearly I missed the deadline.  But somewhere along the lines this challenge became more than a challenge and thereby more than fabric, thread, and a deadline.  After all it's the quilt of me and thereby no matter how deep the river once you start to swim you must continue.
The Red of this quilt is my chronic pain.  As you can see it infiltrates through everything I say do and touch.  But while a part of me it is not me and thereby the red and the blues never blend only intertwine.

The Dark blues are my core the deepest part of me and yes I feel pain there too, but just like an ocean current I move through it living with it as it ebbs and flows.
That's all for now future acts will include The Snake, and The Meerkat.  Did you think maybe for a second my pain was over this border?!?!  Oh yes!  I counted all of the pieces before starting (hundreds) and my husband color coated the "segments" so I could make them "block style", man oh man flannel is not seam ripper friendly!  Thankfully I put the sides together first and then moved on to the more complicated top and bottom, can't imagine if I'd started there.

If anyone is looking for updates on the Red Star Extension I'm waiting on the fabric and plan to be starting that within the week.


QuiltSue said...

That's an amazing quilt. Thanks for showing it and explaining the meaning behind it.

Vicki said...

I agree with QuiltSue, this is an amazing quilt. What also is rather symbolic is that Tiny is there to support you. Our furries are an important part of our lives.

Fresh Poppy Sisters said...

What a significant quilt, I love how you decided to make it and the significance.

Thanks for checking out my quilt entry and your kind comments! :) I can't believe you were short on over 100 geese!! Eek!

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful quilt. This would have been a great quilt to have entered in the Pets on Quilts Show. Hopefully next year! You have such beautiful four legged children (and beautiful two legged children too).