"A bird is washing in a puddle."
I wrote a poem to go along with this art quilt; parts of the poem are sprinkled around the quilt.
The wave brown is a close up of this quilted section--I call it machine drawing because I move my quilt around under the needle and draw with the sewing machine. It's a little tricky and sometimes I have to rip out the stitches if it doesn't look right. It gets easier with lots of practice.
"We are mirror images of one another; though our stories are wildly different."
There is a line of turquoise hand stitching on the right side.
The back of the quilt shows the outline of the berries in the quilt drawing. The stitching on the back of the quilt is very important to the beauty of the whole piece.
I'm touching the quilting. The quilting adds an interesting textural and tactile quality to the art quilt. It feels so good. You can see the binding at the top of the picture. The binding finishes this quilt. I chose to use the same fabric for the binding as the backing. I liked how the colors pulled it all together.
Close up detail of the quilting.
Stitching on the binding. I use the little ruler at the bottom of the picture to measure a quarter inch to stop at the mitered corner before turning and going forward. A little detail that makes for a crisp corner.
This is a photo transfer of the image onto fabric with the turquoise embroidery stitching around the edge.
I added this cool measuring tape that I received as a gift from a dear friend.
More parts of the poem surround our friends. Here's the prose poem:
“Today brings conversation with my friend about the worries in the world. She listens deeply and puts her arm around my back. My shoulders relax a bit. I put my hand on her shoulder. We are mirror images of one another; though our stories are wildly different. Our way of listening deeply to each other makes everything feel a little lighter. At one point a bird is washing in a puddle. All the feathers are soggy wet in the drenching. And then the bird flutters and all the feathers stand up to attention. “A little porcupine bird,” she jokes. In the silliness and the love of this moment, the world becomes a little more bearable with the help of a bird and a friend.”
MaryLee Eischen 3/24/2022
"Our way of listening deeply to each other makes everything feel a little lighter."
"All the feathers are soggy wet in the drenching. And then the bird flutters and all the feathers stand up to attention."
"A little porcupine bird!"
"In the silliness and love of this moment, the world becomes a little more bearable with the help of a bird and a friend."
Finished size of "Two Friends"
19" x 24"