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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Farmlands and Marsh View Revealed


The quilts which have been the subject of the last month's blog posts are finally hanging in the Intensive Care Unit at the Smilow Cancer Center at Yale-New Haven.  Each piece measures 96"x42", is made of hand dyed artisan fabrics, and is heavily quilted with rayon and polyester threads.  They have been permanantly mounted in floating frames and hang side by side across from the nursing station in a long hallway.


It has been a wonderful creative exercise to work on these pieces.  The timeline for design, ordering product and delivery of the final work was very tight, which meant many long hours of piecing and quilting as well as several bouts of "un-sewing" when things didn't go as planned.


The vendors I used for fabrics were outstanding.  Laura Wasilowski delivered a bundle of her green Artfabrik for Farmlands on approval, as did Maureen Hardy Schmidt.  The gold fabrics in Marsh View are mostly from Cherrywood, whose customer service was over the top.  Thank you all for helping bring these projects to fruition!

When writing the proposal for this installation, I included a design for a third quilt of the same size.  I will be working on that quilt, Sound View, next... after a bit of a break.  Two small commissions are calling, and I think I remember that I have a family that just might need a bit of attention after being told "Mommy is working - can that wait?" for the last month.

21 comments:

Gerrie said...

These are wonderful pieces!! Congratulations.

Diane Wright said...

WWWOOOO HHHOO!!! Your pieces are absolutely fabulous! Congratulations.

Betty Warner said...

Your pieces are absolutely wonderful. What an accomplishment. Congratulations.

Betty Warner

TALL GIRL said...

These quilts are stunning. Congratulations on the commissions. I am cettain they will be very healing to all who view them.

Ann Brauer said...

Really nice pieces--congratulations.

Cynthia Wenslow said...

Gorgeous! I'm sure the staff and patients will feel uplifted every time they look at them, Vivika.

TD wool design said...

Congratulations! Beautiful and inspiring V.!

Ann Flaherty said...

Wonderful! Your work will provide much needed cheer.
Thank you!

Maureen Hardy Schmidt said...

Both of these pieces are just beautiful! I love how you quilted them. And I've enjoyed reading about your process. Congratulations!

Vicki W said...

Outstanding!

Mrs Moen said...

Congratulations on finishing 2 gorgeous work within such a short period of time! They are amazing!
I hope you get some sleep before you start on your next project.

Vivien said...

These are marvelous; congratulations! Looking forward to your next piece -- after you take your well deserved break.

A speedy recovery to your sister.

Diane Wright said...

AND a fun pieced scarf in Quiltingarts ebook! You go, girl!!!

norma said...

These are fabulous! I love the way you quilted them, all those close lines give it a wonderful texture.

Sarah Ann Smith said...

Vivika: they are absolutely gorgeous!

And on the technical side...did you have to apply flame retardant or any varnishes/finishes to the front to protect from soiling? (I've got something I'm working on, too!)

Cheers, Sarah

The Pink Ganeshji said...

Congratulations, Vivika! They're just wonderful! What a feather in your cap...and...a testament to a supportive family! You amaze me :^)
M

Vivika said...

Thank you to everyone who has left a comment regarding these pieces - you are all so kind and generous with your words of support. If I did not respond back, know that your email is not included in the post!

Vivika

Carole said...

Vivika... congratulatios! and these are beautiful! I admire your courage and talent... all in one!
You rock! A great role model and inspiration for us.

Robin said...

FANTABULOUS!!
Great job....I know you feel over the moon:)

Jean Judd said...

Congratulations Vivika on a job well done! They are fantastic pieces and it is wonderful that you were able to include fabrics from Laura Wasilowski and Cherrywood Fabrics.

elle said...

Very uplifting!

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