Saturday, February 25, 2012

“I See the Moon” is done!


Last night, I finished putting the facing on my newest piece, “I See the Moon.” As you can see, it is long and skinny – 24" x 60". It was fun – and somewhat of a challenge – to design and work in these proportions.

I am really happy with this piece. It gives me a wonderfully peaceful feeling when I look at it, and remember the song my parents used to sing me to sleep:

“I see the moon, the moon sees me
Shining down through the big oak tree
Please let the moon that shines on me
Shine on the ones that I love.”

I think that I also like it because of its clean, graphic quality. Plus, I love trees, especially in the winter, because you can more clearly see the structure of their branches that make patterns as intricate as lace against the sky. 

Maybe it’s because I was born on Halloween, but I have always felt that there is such magic in a full moon. To me, it is a symbol of serenity and stability, the sense that all is right with the world… and at the same time, of the mysterious, miraculous and fragile universe in which we live. I tried to capture all of these feelings in this piece.





The rising moon always reminds me of lyrics from one of my favorite singer-songwriters, James Taylor, in “You Can Close Your Eyes”:

“Well the sun is surely sinking down
But the moon is slowly rising
So this old world must still be spinning ’round
And I still love you.”

43 comments:

  1. It really came out beautifully. I love the simplicity and the feel of the piece, it really is calming.

    Debbie

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  2. This was a beautiful quilt to begin with but your threadplay/free-motion quilting just makes this quilt spectacular. Great job. I love it!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  3. What a stunning quilt - i9ts just beaurtiful. Love that quilting!!

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  4. OH MY this is just gorgeous.....

    Gail

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  5. Of all your wonderful pieces, I think I like this one the very best!

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  6. Susan, you work fast and it has become so beautiful. Your moon glows in the dark, I guess?

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  7. I must tell you that I love this quilt. I am very fond of looking at the moon in all its manifestations. I wondered if you used the poem your parents told you on your label. I like both of your moon poems.

    Kris

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  8. Including the inspiration song on the label is a great idea, Wordmama. I haven't made the label yet, but I will include the song when I do. :-)

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  9. Wow, just wonderful. It makes want to let out a deep howl! :D

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  11. It is beautifully serene, Susan. The branches are very graceful. I really liked working this size and proportion. Large for me, but offered interesting possibilities.

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  12. What a beautiful piece of art! Your creativity is astounding - so simple looking, but way more than just fabric and thread... I get the sames feeling of serenity looking at what you have created - thank you for sharing your work!

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the way you did the moon. Your quilts are awesome.

    Darlis

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  14. This quilt is such a wonderful piece of art. I really enjoyed reading about your inspiration and carry-through into a final piece. The quilting adds so much. Thanks for sharing this!

    Heather

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  15. What an amazing quilt - love everything about it!

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  16. That is absolutely stunning! Wow!

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  17. SO beautiful! And a big thanks for sharing your process!

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  18. Susan it is so perfect! That is like my favorite time when the sun has set and there are these gorgeous colors in the sky and there is the moon and the sillouette of the trees...it's truely beautiful and magical. I have always wanted to do something like that myself! Very well done!

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  19. Winter glory...tree silhouettes. Lovely piece.

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  20. Winter's glory is tree silhouettes. Lovely piece.

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  21. That quilt is so stunning! Congratulations! All of your quilts/crafts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!
    www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
    Hugs, Ulla (from Finland)

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  22. This quilt is absolutely gorgeous! (I would have said stunning, but so many others have said it already.) The simplicity, colors, and so many wonderful textures takes my breath away.

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  23. • • • Breathtaking and oh so lovely.

    I love this piece and your simple approach gives me confidence to explore new possibilities. Thank you.

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  24. This is such a beautiful piece. Ihave been watching your growth over the last years and i am in awe.

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  25. Wow, that's breathtaking! Beautifully done.

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  26. Saw it at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival. Exquisite. One of my favorites!

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  27. this is one of my favorite quilts ever - so beautiful!

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  28. Its just breathtaking! I'd really like to see how it was constructed.

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    1. Panacea911, if you read back into my January 2012 posts, you can read about how I made this piece.

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  29. Absolutelu beautiful, full of meaning and feelings. Congratulations!
    Teresita Leal
    Argentina

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  30. This quilt I SEE THE MOON is Carolina Cotton Company's Favorite Quilt of the Day! It's featured on our facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CarolinaCottonCompany
    The quilt is miraculous as is the natural beauty and more that you captured within it. Gorgeous!

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  31. My Grand-dad taught me the poem "I see the moon and the moon sees me, God bless the moon and God bless me" way back when I was three years old!! Just stumbled across this wonderful quilt and immediately thought of him!! I would love to wrap up in this quilt and look at old pictures of us!

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  32. I LOVE it!!!! I've been looking at it trying to figure out how you made it. I make quilts and I LOVE trees. You have captured both beautifully.

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  33. you are very talented! I paint and often think the hardest thing to do is keep it simple. you have done just that while still capturing the depth and beauty of your subject.. WELL DONE!

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  34. I just came across a link to this quilt on a blog and I absolutely love it! The design with the branches in front of the moon and the quilting really work so well together. Just wow.

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  35. Absolutely beautiful! I love it!

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