I got the name of this quilt, To Hellenikon or Greekness, from Herodotus. The shared sense of identity among the ancient Greeks as described by him is perhaps the reason behind the everlasting legacy of the Greek civilization. Its presence permeates almost everything I encounter from literature to science. I got the idea of making a Greek alphabet quilt a couple of years ago. Shortly after that I found myself designing these Greek letter quilt patterns like an addict and very soon I was finished. Then we purchased a house, moved 400 miles and experienced a few unsavory events. I had to shelve this quilt for a while, but earlier this year it was time to start working on it again.
I love to visit old, tranquil abbey ruins. The colours of this quilt were drawn from the colours of Monks’ habits. The khaki and brown seemed like perfect symbols for something old and hard-wearing. I used the same set of fabrics for the letters, the shashing and the borders. Only the binding is done with a different brown fabric.
As for the layout, I finally decided to mimic a page from an exercise book used by someone who is learning how to write . That in turn dictated the horizontal quilting with cream coloured thread. I tried a different design on the border but it looked too busy compared to the simple design of the rest of the quilt. At the end I framed the “page” by quilting rectangles around the border with variegated thread. I love quilting with variegated threads. Now my idea of this quilt is finally a reality and ready for us to use!
I have a few more index card drawings to share this week –
Ice Cream On A Hot Summer’s Day
I express myself best in writing. Pen and ink took the centre stage on this one, alongside my favourite poem by Shel Silverstein.
An Exploding Clock with its pieces floating away into nothingness
Even though wind has hijacked many of my umbrellas, I love a blustery autumn day.
My version of Mad Men – unplugged and mad with ideas!
I love to drive during pre-dawn hours. A sense of independence engulfs me.
Self-portrait – walking into the unknown most of the time
I played with different ideas on these but “movement” seems to have found its way into almost all of them. Thank you for following me on the journeys of The Greekness quilt and the index card drawing projects. Your encouraging words have been very motivating.