I finished another “Oracle” quilt just in time for the 2017 QuiltCon deadline. It’s been on my mind to catch up with sharing more of this series, and I’ve got plans for a dedicated gallery page, although finishes and photos have been scattered and far between lately. Oracle I is such a long way back I don’t remember if I blogged it or not; Oracle II is wrapped up with some paintings that we decided not to bother unpacking post-move as there’s no room for them in this little house (you can see a pic of it here if you scroll down); I still don’t have a good picture of Oracle III; and Oracle IV is in the studio closet, waiting for me to get around to quilting it.
This one got quilted first because so far it’s the most “modern” of the series, and the Big Move interfered with submitting anything at all to QuiltCon 2016. Having something accepted into the show is out of my hands, but making the submission deadline for next year, that I could take a shot at.
The sequence of I Ching readings that this quilt illustrates date from the summer of 2015, when Mr. de Hilo and I were deciding to move from Hawaii back to the mainland. We didn’t know where we’d end up, or how we’d get there, or what we’d do in the interim, but we knew in our hearts it was the right thing to do.
It was a rush to get this done and photographed by the deadline. It needs blocking, but there wasn’t time for that, which will require moving some things out of the studio to spread it out on the carpet to dry.
Quilting is a mix of walking-foot and FMQ, which I had fun with. This little cloud window is one of my favorite parts:
The other fave parts don’t show up in the pics, but the beige panels at upper left and lower right are a fabric reproduction of pages from Vincent van Gogh’s journals, which makes me love it in spite of the color. I FMQ-ed phrases from the I Ching readings’ commentary in those sections, including the line that I’m using as the subtitle for this piece:
“Opportunity comes to those who persist in their dreams.”
The quilted words and phrases are not intended to be a “text” and are marginally legible at best.
Good luck making any of it out if this gets into the show and you happen to be there to get a close look at it. I like knowing the words are there, though, as this quilt represents many important things to me, most of all listening for and trusting in the voice of intuition.