Saturday, July 2, 2016
Field of Green
If you read my early post yesterday, which no longer exists, just forget we had that conversation.
I always loved this piece just as it was/is. Some voice in my head, though, said it wasn't done enough just as it is. So I spent several days during the past week mucking it up with appliqued tree branches (which I saved and will use elsewhere) and way too much embroidery.
During the day yesterday, after posting the now-deleted image, I felt so uncomfortable about what I'd done with this piece that I deleted the post. I spent last night removing all the embroidery and the applique, and treating the quilt with a solution to remove the pencil and chalk markings (which are 95% gone). And this morning I added bits of quilting in places that were previously covered by applique.
That was just another one of life's many lessons in trusting my intuition. If something is simple and beautiful and I like it just the way it is, that's good enough.
What I love most about this hand stitching work is building the base with little squares, and applique when I use it. I don't want to do a tremendous amount of embroidery on every piece -- Energy Rising (now called Kundalini Rising), was an exception.
I've already cut out squares for my next piece, a paean or ode to the darkening sky. Now I can start in on it with a clear conscience, now that I cleaned up Field of Green.
If you're in the States, I hope you have a safe and fun holiday weekend; and just a plain-old great weekend to the rest of you.