These are five inch squares each with a different, largely improvisational circle embroidered in the middle -- on top of a base circle, usually a printed one. I was making extremely slow progress when my daughter, Rachel, offered to give me a hand. Some of these 15 were made by her. She actually doesn't like to sew but the freedom of design and my stash of threads and embellishments piqued her interest.
We are inspired originally by a quilt maker from South Africa who's work we saw in Manchester, VT last summer at an International Quilt show. That woman had made 91 squares like this, all different and sewn them into a quilt. We loved it. She called her quilt either Meditations or Daily Meditations. We knew we wouldn't work as hard as she did but we are accomplishing about one a week. I doubt our quilt will get to 91, I'm thinking, maybe 36, maybe 42 ... I wonder if we'll get bored. Also I chose a background fabric that will probably give us no more than 42. The sewing is meditative. For me it's a pause between cleaning up the kitchen after dinner and settling in for the evening when I'm going to be home and spending the time reading.
This strip quilt was made using drier sheet as the foundation. This quick and easy method is always fun because I can choose exactly which piece comes next but will always be surprised when I put several together and see the patterns formed.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!