Friday, July 30, 2010

Hi!

I have finally finished my block # 4, the bird and the grapes... I was busy with correcting exams and I had to write an article. On the bright side: the article (soon to be published) is about Quilting in Alice Walker's work and I think it turned out quite nice... Anyhow, I was able to finish my block:
Like Linda, I turned the bird around. The grapes were done in self-dyed cotton satin with the help of and thanks to your great tip: Perfect Circles! The little stems and vines were stitched in stem stitches and chain stitches. How do you like it? I have not made up my mind yet as to which block will follow next... Any suggestions?

Greetings from the Rhine,
Britta

11 comments:

  1. it's lovely Britta, I really like the colours you've used, particularly like the light green leaves, gorgeous...
    lizzie
    xxx

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  2. hallo britta,schön ist dein block geworden,liebe grüße,susi

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  3. Hi Britta, The block is very pretty. Your self dyed grapes are very nice. I like the embroidered tendrils and wished I had embroidered them on my block. Hmmm, next block, I have been trying to alternate ones with many, many leaves and then do one with bigger pieces. Whatever you choose enjoy!

    Happy Stitching,
    Cheri

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  4. Britta
    Where might we be able to read your article? Very pretty block. I especially like the way the shadow highlights the bird.
    Kay in Arkansas

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  5. Very nice Britta. The grape fabric is lovely!

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  6. Love the grapes - great color, and your stitching.

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  7. Hi Kay,

    as said, the article hasn't been published, yet, but will be in about 2-3 months. It is published at a German University Press (but it is written in English). Once I have concrete bibliographic information, I will post it on my Blog (Brittas Quiltblog), okay?

    Greetings from the Rhine,
    Britta

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  8. Britta, I love the grapes, they are just perfect for this block. The embroidery add a touch of texture and flourish. You did a wonderful job. Congrats on getting the article finished. Looking forward to you next Ta-Da block finish.

    Cheers,
    Bobbie

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  9. What a pretty block Britta. Such nice colors. I like your embroidered details also. Sounds like you've had a busy few weeks. How exciting that you've written an article about quilting.

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  10. Thanks Linda. In fact, it's my second article about quilting. My first was called "Quilting Auto/Biographies" and was first given as a paper at an Autography conference.
    Here's the info:
    Feyerabend, Britta. "Quilting Auto/Biographies." Auto/Biography and Mediation. American Studies Monograph Series 190. Ed. Alfred Hornung. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2009. 89-100. In the article, I write about what many of you most likely know: that quilting (and particularly appliquè work) can serve as an alternative autobiography with which many quilters worldwide cope with traumata (such as teh Civil War ***, Sept. 11, Katrina, the AIDS epidemic, but also personal loss and mourning... In the new article, which deals a lot with Alice Walker's *The Color Purple*, I write about how for Walker's protagonist Celie, who begins the narrative as a functionally illiterate girl, sewing and quilting gives her an outlet who express herself because we know she is forbidden to speak about her traumata by her stepfather and her husband. This becomes even more obvious when one reads Walker's script for the the movie *The Color Purple* which unfortunately was not used. Quilters would have loved it! Walker incorporates so much quilting in the script and in such a meaningful way, I would have loved to see it turned into a movie... The script was published in the book *The Same River Twice* by Alice Walker.

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  11. ooops, it should read "an Autobiography conference" - sorry.

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