Sunday, March 23, 2008
TIF Challenge March
"Grass" 12" x 7" Hand dyed fabrics, machine applique and quilting
For the theme " the little things", I've depicted grass. Grass is definitely a ubiquitous little thing. Sometimes, like at the end of the summer, I'm pretty tired of it, but without it the landscape is certainly drab, as it is here now. For some reason, several quotations about grass, mostly morbid, came floating up from the subconscious. There's the Biblical one: "All flesh is grass," and Carl Sandburg's "Shovel them under and let me work--I am the grass; I cover all." But on a lighter note (I guess) there's Gertrude Stein: "Pigeons on the grass; alas."
I made this by fusible applique. It went together fast; it took longer to pick out the quilting stitches of a bad thread choice than to do all the rest combined. I like it; it gave me a chance to use some of the run of fabric dyed at a guild workshop a year ago and some of Laura Wasilowski's wonderful ArtFabrik thread. The only thing that bothers me is the nagging certainty that I've seen this somewhere, not just in the little grass seed advertisement, so I think I'm borrowing someone else's idea. If so, it was a good one, and I hope I'm forgiven.