A Lace Tree…

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I’m trying to figure out what to call these pieces I’ve been making on other people’s old quilts.  I haven’t come up with it yet, but I’m sure it’s out there, just waiting for me to find it.

This old quilt, that someone sent me, was twice the size it is now and had a big hole in the middle of it.  I cut it in half and hung it on my wall this morning.  So far, I’ve  done three of these types of pieces.  I’ve stitched on them and drawn on them with markers.  That’s what I’m planning on doing on this one too.

Working on the lace tree.

Working on the lace tree.

There’s a tree on one of the paths in the woods where I walk that reminds me of lace.  It’s really just a burly stump hollow on the inside.  But it grabs my attention every time I pass it and reminds me of my idea to make a tree from lace.

So I began making this tree out of a piece of lace this morning.  I  tacked it with just enough  stitches  to give it the shape I wanted.

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I didn’t really know what I was doing but it came together so easily, it surprised me a bit.

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I haven’t stitched  the moon on to the lower right side yet.  I’ve already moved it a few times.  It was the first thing I added to the quilt.  It’s from that same Zodiac blanket that Cindy gave me that I’ve used in the last three quilts I made.

I have a couple of vague ideas for what I want to do next, but I’m having a hard time picturing  how it will look yet.  Guess I’ll just have to sit and stare at it a little longer.

7 Responses to “A Lace Tree…”

  1. Janet Bednarz says:

    Hmmm, what to call these pieces? When we get both rain and snow at the same time we call it a wintry mix. When you create a wall hanging on a vintage quilt, do we call it a Maria Mix? Hmmm, still not quite right.

    Well, this Maria Mix is turning into another Maria Dazzler. Thanks for sharing your creative thought process in pictures and words and illustrating the power of following your intuition.

  2. Maria says:

    Jon and I were talking about it this morning. Haven’t come up with anything that is, as you say, quite right.

  3. Sue says:

    Oh, I LOVE that tree and the background you put behind it seems magical..kind of like a snowstorm at night maybe? Love watching where your mind goes and the progress of your pieces.

    I’m not going to make any name suggestions for your type of work, but it sure seems to me that all of your works involve transformation in some form or other, not just shape but color and concept and meaning, and in reinvention of older things as well, all invigoration and transformation.

  4. Tricia says:

    Your lace tree is fantastic. It had the rough and jagged beauty of a real tree in winter. Your technique has me inspired to to play with fabric in ways that don’t require the fabric to lay perfectly flat.

  5. Maria says:

    I didn’t pin it down first like I often do when making something like this. I just stitched and let the fabric move and fold. It was more fun too, not knowing what it would look like, more spontaneous.

  6. Maria says:

    It’s so true Sue. My work is so much about transformation and reinvention. That’s a good word, reinvention……And that blue fabric was a long shawl or table runner something like that. I had a hard time cutting it up, it was so beautiful as is, but it was just right and I know I’ll use the rest just as well.

  7. Annie Bancroft says:

    The tree is truly wonderful and original, and I agree with the others that it evokes the best about a winter night, especially with the dark blue behind it. Annie

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