Saturday, August 13, 2011

Finally got the cat to move...

I have been wanting to do a scrappy one-patch for a while, so I dug into one of many ziplock scrap bags and started cutting 1.5 inch squares.  I was going for "bright".  I think I got it.

While cutting I starting thinking about Kathie's brown and pink nine-patch she recently posted, so I pulled out a few more pinks and browns and came up with this.

Yes, that aqua color is a 19th century color.  It was made around 1876, the centennial year.  My husband calls this a wabi-sabi quilt.  From Wikipedia: Wabi-sabi (?) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".[1] It is a concept derived from the Buddhist assertion of the Three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin?), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō?).
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetryasperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
After reading that complete description, how about we call this wabi-sabi lite?

Close-ups of some of the antique fabrics:


  1. Both quilts are so fun! Love the aqua.

  2. Me----- TOO!!!!!

    Have a great weekend.

    :) Carolyn

  3. Ditto!!! You've inspired me to at least begin to get a tiny quilt together for that little quilt rack I bought a while back. ---"Love"

  4. Great aqua - I have some antique quilts with this color.
    Thanks for playing with color and sharing!

  5. Both beautiful but who'd have thought that aqua was not modern - guess it has all been done before!

  6. Beautiful, I especially like the pinks and browns with that tiny bit of aqua!

  7. You did get the brights and who doesn't love brown and pink? That aqua isn't reproduced often and is always a bit of a surprise when seen in an old quilt. Tell the cat thanks for letting you get back to work.

  8. They both look so pretty. I love the brown/pink/aqua. I might have to do one ofthose myself. The bright colors just make me smile. Always fun.

  9. I love the brown and pink - and the bit of aqua is perfect. The other...well, let's just say it's definitely bright. I'm glad you managed to negotiate with the cat for some quilting space. Happens all the time around here.