I've been making things of one sort or another literally all my life. Quilting was a very big thing for me for over ten years before I found fractals. Now it's gone the way of the Dodo while I sit at the computer instead of the sewing machine.
As I said elsewhere, this is just beautiful, Kat. As a needlewoman myself, for more years than I care to remember (though never quilting), I can quite appreciate the amount of time this must have taken to plan and execute. Painstaking work, I'm sure, but very rewarding when you have something like this to look at and admire every day. Lovely pattern and gorgeous autumnal tones!
Before I discovered fractals, I made over 65 quilts of different sizes and styles, from pillow covers to queen-sized bed quilts and from very traditional to contemporary abstracts. I gave away almost every single one of them, keeping only a few wall hangings and my nap quilt. I was more interested in making them than in having them around me once they were finished. It was in the creating and making of them where the pleasure was found.
Fractals are faster and much, much cheaper to make!
Yep, I can totally relate to that. My goodness we are so alike, you and I (freaky!)
I have hand embroidered quite a few samplers, many with specialist stitches and materials (often expensive, too, as I had to source many items from the US) ~ it was the process and the challenge of learning of new skills I enjoyed the most. When done most projects were just rolled up and put away, much to the complete dismay of my stitching friends who could never understand why I could so easily "let go" of so many hours of handiwork like that and not have it on display in my home somewhere. I have one or two of my favourites hanging around on walls (and one made up into a cushion that I am currently sitting on as I don't care for it any more, ha ha!) but the rest... pffft! I'm really not at all bothered, they're history.
As for your quilts... wow, 65! That's some going! I bet they were lovely - did you ever keep a record of them, like photos or anything?
Yes, fractals are great... one benefit of a change in hobby is that I no longer have a hole in my finger, from excessive use of a needle.
I have to say, it's nice to know there are others who understand that it wasn't the things themselves that were of interest to me, it was the learning and playing.
The nice thing about making quilts for other people was that I got to use colors and fabrics and patterns that I wouldn't have ordinarily chosen. I'd spend days designing the quilt, hours shopping for the right fabrics and weeks or months making it...only to give it away. As you wrote: they were history.
I have a few photos of some quilts but not all of them and not great shots; just a quick record to remind me.
Actually, I miss quilting at times: the feel of the fabric, the smell of new fabric, the shopping for fabulous fabrics and colors, the sound of the sewing machine purring along and I even miss the work itself, too, including the mundane things like ironing. Quilting is a very tactile hobby. I even miss sometimes spending weeks or months making something beautiful that I knew no one else had ever seen before...because I designed almost every one of my quilts rather than use someone's patterns.
I have a rather large fabric stash waiting patiently for me to use it, too.
That's really beautiful and warm. I find the title "October" a bit strange, it really makes me think of a hot summer or sunny place (maybe Egyptian pyramids, as the blue points could represent the Nile)... Beautiful work anyway!
Yes I'm living there. That's a beautiful region with a great history, particularly a great artistic history, from the greek and roman architects and artists, to contemporary painters like Cézanne and Van Gogh.
Actually I live in a big town and because of my work don't have much time to see all there is to see. One thing is sure: when I see a painting of Cézanne, I'm crying because it's beautiful (and very moving when you actually know the place or landscape he has painted), when I see one my fractals, I'm crying... of despair! I have never been able to draw anything on a piece of paper, let alone paint something!