Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama O's

Well, I am soooooo happy to say that I finished my quilting project. Happy doesn't really do it. Towards the end, I couldn't stand it. Mostly because I had a nearly-impossible deadline (my own fault, of course). Some pics.

Above is the concept/progress sketch. 9 rows, 5 columns, a simple nine-patch in red and blue, with solid cream fields in between. The deadline I mentioned before was a Martin Luther King themed show to which I wanted to submit the quilt. I titled it, "Thoughts on Election Day, 2008". In the cream fields, I used my quilting stitches to make letters and numbers to write out "08.28.63 I HAVE A DREAM TODAY MLK 11.04.08" Then, in the nine-patch squares, I used my quilting stitches to make what I call Obama O's (you saw them everywhere on Obama campaign materials).

Here is Patrick's commemorating shot of me finishing the last stitches on the binding. Those two shoeboxes in the background are where I keep all of my sewing supplies. Not a very good solution, but that's what I'm working with for now.

Here's a shot that gives you an idea of what the quilted letters look like. You can see a big Y in the foreground. If you click on the pic, it should come up bigger and be easier to see.

Another shot of the quilting stitches. This time, the Obama O's are visible on the nine-patch squares. Again, click on it for a bigger shot.

And here's a close-up of an Obama O. Stupid blogger has decided to rotate the picture, and I don't know how to convince it otherwise. Hmpf.

The show was created to compliment a piece created my Malden Access Television titled "We Have a Dream", in which 150 Maldonians (that's what we're called!) recite lines from MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech. About 15 artists submitted works to the gallery. You can check them out at the Gallery at Elm Street now through Feb. 22nd. Here are the hours:
Sundays, noon-2pm
Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am-1pm
Saturday, 10am-2pm
By appointment


ccr in MA said...

Very nice! It turned out beautifully. You should be very proud ... and relieved, of course!

hunnybunny said...

How did I miss this? That is amazing, and wonderful and I LOVE it! Seriously that's one of the things I love about quilts, is they have always held a place in the history of politics. How fantastic to make one yourself!