Sunday, 22 February 2015

Glacial waters

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Herring-bone crevass

A glacier forms over many years of fallen snow that does not melt off each season. The accumulated weight of the snow causes this dense body of ice to move and shift.

Several years ago I went camping in Kananaskis Park, AB with some friends. One day hike that we went on ended at a glacial lake. When you see the glacier on the other side of the lake, one should pause and ponder one's imminent action. Yes, you may be hot after your hike and yes, it is July, but are you really prepared for a swim where the glacier is nearly in the water? We jumped in and it took my breath away. Indeed, it was refreshing.

Well, since having a baby, the free evening and weekend time that I once had to quilt no longer exists. My fat quarters and fabric are starting to accumulate and the weight of them on my mind moves me ever slowly to the creative and design process. Yes, I still Pin quilt ideas on my Pinterest quilt board which I may or may not attempt to accomplish in my future. However, a friend of mine in Montreal inspired this quilt design and I was compelled to sew this quilt.

I have never attempted a design with a 60 degree angle before and suffice to say, it busted my brain somewhat. I read a few blog postings and that was it. With no pattern to follow I started to cut and then realized that I cut some things wrong.  Becoming somewhat frustrated with the cutting process, I let it sit for a day and then I figured out a way to salvage the fabric that I had cut wrong.

I wanted to have a negative white space to off set the intense herringbone pattern, but I also wanted that white space to pop out. The free motion quilting pattern on the white fabric made me think of rivulets running into a larger body of water.

This quilt certainly challenged me, but I am pleased with the result. With certain projects, you sometimes have to just jump in and hope that you catch your breath later.

Glacial Waters