2616 - Mindful Moodling, X --Forsythia ($40)

2616 - Mindful Moodling, X --Forsythia ($40)
Julie Sefton
Bartlett, TN   USA

Width: 11"   Length: 8.75"

Materials/Techniques: Cotton quilting fabrics, Hobbs 80/20 quilt batting, multiple shades of embroidery flosses. Hand quilted. As far as method: the scraps are laid down to cover a foundation fabric, then loosely basted in place. Once the hand quilting (my version of traditional kantha stitching) in one direction is completed through the top and batting only, I remove the basting threads and add the back fabric. I then "moodle" in the other direction through all 3 layers.

Artist's Statement: Doing ~ simply for the sake of doing ~ no right or wrong, just the pure joy of stitching... For those of you who don't know about moodling, in the 1930’s, author Brenda Ueland wrote a book titled "If You Want to Write: A book about Art, Independence & Spirit.” I found her book in the craft shop at the John C. Campbell Folk School & I copied this phrase from it into one of my journals: “so you see, imagination needs moodling – long inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering”…

And who doesn’t rejoice to see the first forsythia blooms each spring?
Julie Sefton

Dedication: In honor and memory of my mother, Lura Irene Ash Walton (1916-2005), and her love of springtime.

This quilt is displayed with a picture frame hook.

This quilt earned $40 for the AAQI.