Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hold Fast to Dreams

  4/4/-2017 - UPDATE!! QUILT is FINISHED!! Yay! 

It turned out even better than I imagined!!!

I am working on a new quilt...hoping to show at Norwescon.  With all that is going on in the world, my heart is not into finishing my Mermaid quilt. Don't worry, I do plan to finish it.😊😊😊 

However, during the campaign I was very affected by the negativity from Trump and I felt the needed to put all of what I was feeling into my art. Once I had my concept I was excited to move forward. 

I am naming it after first line of my daughter Nyya's favorite poem; "Hold Fast to Dreams" by Langston Hughs.


I had my granddaughter Mahara model for me...She had a hard time not laughing. 

I printed out the picture and drew what I thought was the essence of of a 10 year girl dreaming. Using the picture as a template. (and a lightbox) 

I then moved her into her bedroom. (I didn't want to make her smaller so I placed her left arm under the blanket.)

I transferred this to fabric using turn-needle applique.  (I still have some details to stitch in.)

Previously I had sewn the "Dreamscape" part of the quilt. (Using turn needle applique and machine embroidery.)  My challenge now is to put all of this together. 

I still have some tweaking to do on the rays, but this is a pretty close approximation of the final top. LOL...then I still have to add the border and quilt it. 

Langston Hughes, 1902 - 1967

Hold fast to dreams 
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow.

Peace to you all.

~ Teri