Wednesday, July 31, 2013

MORNING APPLE


This theme was the easiest for me among the previous ones.
We all are full of memories especially when the half of the life has gone. These memories are different – good and bad. I try to keep in mind only good memories and very seldom remember bad things.
I made this quilt in memory of my grandmother and it has taken only two days, may be because I wanted to make something about grandma for a long time.
My grandma had a long and very difficult life. She was born in 1890 and gave birth for 8 babies but only 5 from them grew till their twenties. These five were two sons and three daughters. Her husband died when she was 40. One son had disappeared in 1941 during The World War II and grandma has been waiting for him till the end of her life…Second son was killed in 1945 during the war between the USSR and Japan. Daughters were with her till the end.

I spent each summer at grandma’s house. It was really small house with only three little rooms which were full of things that grandma made including weaved rugs. So I put similar little rugs in my quilt. My grandma lived in a village close to the mountains and there were two rivers which skirted the yard so background symbolizes mountains and rivers. Water in the rivers usually has looked grey that’s why I chose this color for background. There were also a lot of linen things at grandma’s house: curtains, table runners, towels. So I decided to use this fabric for background.  But the best of all was big orchard that she owned. There were different kinds of apples each summer so I sewed apple from many pieces which symbolizes different tastes and colors of apples. I'm an early bird. And usually first thing I did at grandma's after awaking I went to orchard, picked apple which was covered with morning dew and ate it. That's why there are beads on apple.



10 comments:

  1. I love your apple and the movement in the background.

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  2. What a lovely memory. I like the way you have incorporated the rugs.
    Greta

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  3. What a delightful quilt and wonderful way to remember someone who had such a challenging life. The colours are fabulous and I think the rugs are very evocative!
    Deborah

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  5. This is a very comforting piece to look at and let the mind ponder. Beautiful!

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  6. This piece really speaks to me on so many levels. I love the design and the textures you have used. Also, I was very close to my grandmother too, and of course, have so many wonderful memories of her which I have plans to incorporate into some of my work.

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  7. Thank you for all your comments!
    Lyuda

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  8. What a beautiful description.
    I love that you included the woven strips.
    A very touching piece.


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  9. Love the colours and texture in this quilt. It captures the memories you shared beautifully

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  10. There is something about your quilt which made it easy to guess who made it! I think that is the colours, and the textures you use. The grey background is perfect, and I like to look in more detail at the stitching and the dewdrops.

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