Monday, August 27, 2012

The Windmills of My Mind

You all know QuiltCon is having a quilt show, right? I think it's going to be an amazing showcase of our work. Because I'm on the Board, I can't officially enter, but I can enter a quilt for display only. That's great with me, cause I'm not much for the whole competitive show aspect anyway. I have lots of quilts I could enter, but I wanted one made especially for this show. I don't know if I can get it done in time, but I have hope.
I'm working on my second architecture inspired quilt.  It's an homage to my Dutch heritage and it has a symbolic message as well.  In my research I found that the Dutch millers used the blades of their windmills to send messages.  You'll have to wait for the finished quilt to understand the message of this one.
This quilt has been an exercise in strip piecing...lots of it.  I'm experimenting with some ideas for the background.  Right now...no color again.  I used one of the French General solids (beautiful!) and my favorite brown, Earth from Cloud 9 fabrics.  For some reason I'm really loving the quiet sophistication of neutrals.

Wish me luck in getting this one done with all that is happening around here.  It's been in this state for a couple of months now.

13 comments:

Susan said...

Oh, the anticipation... Thanks for taking the time to keep in touch with your readers. Even when you life is crazy, you offer so much inspiration to others.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Seems as though your life has been a whirlwind since moving to Chicago. It's been fun to witness the parts of your journey you have shared on your blog. I appreciate all the inspiration you have given the quilt world. Best wishes!

Aliceart said...

You've done it again! I so love your solids, architectural style. Can't wait for the reveal!

piece peace said...

I really love the look of this so far.

Valerie said...

Love the sneek peak! So fun to see what you come up with next. I'm working on a quilt for Quilt Con, hoping to get it done in time too! Just one more week till preschool starts, then I'll have some uninterrupted hours to work on it!

SusieDW said...

I agree about the "quiet sophistication of neutrals". I crave them. This "message in the wind" will be electrifying, I'm certain! :)

Poppyprint said...

I'm so looking forward to seeing this one! I love Dutch windmills AND French General linen-look solids, too. I have a feeling this will be a favourite quilt!

Jamie Willis said...

Oh, I so wish I could get to QuiltCon this year! I am really loving everything I see, and the colors in your quilt referencing the Dutch windmills are divine!

Byrd said...

Fascinating! This is the kind of stuff I'm really interested in. Can't wait to see what you do. Take care, Byrd.

diannajessie said...

I agree on your use of neutrals - they look fabulous. I look forward to seeing your project when done:)

sewtakeahike said...

Really Jacquie, it seems you have found your niche. Your images of the windmill in progress have melted my heart, I can only imagine what the finished quilt will do to those that see it!

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Love this design Jacquie! Didn’t know of your Dutch heritage and of course I’m curious to see your message!

Esch House Quilts said...

Good luck! I've got one I'm trying to get done too :)

Love the idea of a hidden message.