Sunday, 17 July 2016

silently screaming

I've posted about this mini quilt a couple of times, you can see it here and here.  It's only a mini so you would have thought one post would be enough without me harping on about it for months!

I was stumped by the quilting.  I took me ages to think of a design, then when I started quilting it, my new machine had a hissy fit and I had to give up.  I got it done in the end though.  It shows up really nicely on the back which is a non-branded blue with white polka dots.


Here's a close up of those swirls and pointy bits, it was a bit annoying having to do inside the letters.


Then came time to bind it - I made a length of scrappy binding using some of the Kona reds I'd used for the text.


And low and behold, it was finished!


The lyrics are from Broken Strings by James Morrison.  It's a love song, but it screams depression at me.  Silently of course.

I did credit him - I used one of the fancy alphabet fonts on my Janome.


I also remembered the hanging corners!


At July's Guild meeting I took the letters for Silent Scream #2 and pieced them into words, then into the lyrics.  I haven't quite finished here as there's a bit of a gap top right and I think I need to bring it out a little so I don't end up with the binding sitting right next to those bottom words.


The lyrics are from Pray by Take That, written by Gary Barlow.  Again, it says depression to me.

Is it depressing to make a series of quilts about depression?  The actual making of the quilt makes me feel quite happy, so I suppose not.

15 comments:

Cath said...

This sounds like this has been a healing project.

Christine said...

Wow! That is gorgeous!

Oops-Lah said...

Wow, wonderful work. I really love your finished quilt and your second is going to equally fantastic. And you did a great job with quilting too. xx

Rachel said...

If the making makes you happy, that seems good enough to me!

Fiona said...

those are very artistic mini quilts.... I also get annoyed having to stop start for quilting little bits in the middle.

They are depressing in their own way but also sending a message (which is an art form) - a lot of people don't understand depression.

Hugz

Jane Galley said...

I love it, and it means something to you that makes it special.

margaret said...

it was worth all that perseverance, have never tired letters very impressed and if it helped with your depression so worth it hope you will soon be feeling a lot better

Sarah in Stitches said...

That looks amazing! Great work. And hey, whatever makes you happy! :D

Rhona said...

That's gorgeous! So much work in all those swirly bits...well done for a beautiful finish.

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

If it makes you happy then it can only be a good thing. :)

Sharon - creativity and family said...

I think the quilts are a great idea if they help you. There is something so calming about quilting! I hope you have a good week. X

Melody said...

Amazing quilts. You are a star.

underatopazsky said...

Love the idea of text on a quilt and the quilting itself is gorgeous!

Vera said...

Neat! I like inspiration from music :) I love some depression from time to time too, lol.

Jessica said...

"Broken Strings" is a great song. I think quilts can help us work through times in our lives and feelings we have that are hard to articulate otherwise. They are beautiful.