click to enlarge for a closer view of the quilting patterns
Sheltering Tree is finished. There are many things about this piece that I am quite pleased with. I loved quilting it and I like the results of the quilting. It does have that look of having been drawn that I was after. Making up the quilting as you go is quite exhilerating once you get past the fear of totally screwing it up! The medications I am taking for my ear problem interfere with my sleep, so as I have tossed and turned in the middle of the night, I have found it calming to dream up new quilting designs in my head. Now I am looking forward to trying some of them out on another piece!
I took the nearly finished piece to STASH last week and mentioned that I felt the color scheme was a bit boring and they all assured me I was wrong about that. I do love more unconventional color than this piece turned out, so, to me, it falls down in the color column, but I am eager to try this all over quilting/drawing on some less representational work and see how that works. When I showed this to my family the other evening, my 2 year-old grandaughter pointed to the sky and said, "water," which I thought was pretty perceptive. I do like the movement in the sky section, but I have to say my favorite part is the leafy motif in the tree. Click on the picture and take a closer look at that.
My hearing is getting better in increments—two steps forward, one step back. My ears pop and gurgle and my hearing improves as the day progresses, then is bad again in the mornings. I suppose fluid and pressure build up overnight. I think there is progress. I see the Dr. again on Thursday. I feel a much greater empathy for people with hearing impairments and understand why they say deafness is so isolating. Trying to follow a discussion is tiring and frustrating and it is very tempting to go read a book, go play solitaire on the computer—opt out of social interaction.