I actually turned my precious spider quilt over to the post office on Friday. She is on her way to Paducah, Ky- to the AQS. Then they will take her to be hung in the show in Lancaster in just a few weeks! I am still amazed every time I think of it. I felt like I won the lottery when I got the letter saying they had accepted my quilt!
I posted pictures when I finished her, but am not sure I ever did tell the whole story.
I bought Jane Sassaman's book, the Quilted Garden when it was new. (out of print, but available as a download from AQS) I read it cover to cover immediately and set out to the garden to study the flowers and find one to inspire me to make a quilt. I took tons of pictures, and in the process I found this spider.
This species is Argiope Aurantia. I watched her all summer. Yes, I'm saying her. You can tell the difference between the males and the females! The design on her back reminded me of one of those buddhist goddess figurines with the many arms and the wonderful headdresses. So I started calling her "Princess Argiope".
I then spent months reading some of the books Jane recommended and studying art books for inspiration. Finally I created the spider,but couldn't decide what to do with her, until I found a Dover book of art nouveau alphabets and such that also had some designs like paper snowflakes and the lightbulb came on to make the web that way!
It took me three years to make this quilt because I kept stopping when I got stuck on something. I wanted to make a border but nothing looked right, so I ended up cutting away a section of the background before making the facing.
I want to encourage all my art quilting friends to take the chance to enter a piece into one of these shows. I know each of them has apiece that would be accepted!!! It's an amazing feeling.
My green tip for today is to ask that you try and encourage someone you know- your boss, your husband, the other people in your office... to be more aware of what they are and are not recycling. My boss catches herself when throwing away papers she printed in error now, so it's working! :-)
I am grateful for:
a girls day with Mary
the upcoming retreat
the raffle quilt is almost done!