Friday, May 9, 2014


As the breath of light awakens color,
May the dawn anoint your eyes with wonder.

- John O'Donohue, excerpt from "For Beauty" in To Bless the Space Between Us

Serenity by Linda A. Miller
Serenity   -  41" x 23"
© 2014 Linda A. Miller

After many months of residing on the design wall, I have completed "Serenity".  This quilt is part of a continuing series exploring layers of earth formations that over time reflect changes in the landscape.  Begun for a size specific challenge, it shrank in process and would no longer fit the entry specs (adding to the borders did not work).  Employing my shrinking technique, I thought I had left enough extra allowance... not so, when I discovered larger pieces shrink more!   

The technique is: 100% wool felt is the batting. The top is quilted to the felt, then machine washed and dryer dried, often several times, producing an interesting shrunken surface texture. 

On this quilt I used strips of recycled vintage brocades (yes, they held up to washing/drying) and cottons.  After drying, more undulating strips were appliqued on.  Yarn was couched along edges and across additional areas.  

The appliqued sun is made of discharged silk purchased at an art sale several years ago. 

Serenity (detail) by Linda A. Miller
Serenity (detail) by Linda A. Miller

Hand embroidery adds the final touches.  It particularly complements the "tapestry feel" of this quilt, don't you think?

Serenity (detail) by Linda A. Miller
Embroidery and couching details

With all the hand work used, I prefer to fuse the backing on at the end to cover stops and starts of embroidery.  I will often add some machine stitching once the back is on, though not with this quilt.  This quilt fulfills my continuing quest to use only the materials I have on hand in my studio.  I am sure it will find some new exhibit venue in future.

Linking to Off the Wall Fridays.  Enjoy!


  1. Serenity is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your process. I like that you are using only materials on hand. It inspires me to try to do the same.

  2. Congratulations - it's always great to finish a piece. Lovely colour gradations

  3. This is beautiful! I like the undulations. It was interesting to read about your process.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Cindy!


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