Windmills of Your Mind Quilt (37 1/2" by 67")
by jojo sabalvaro-tan, 2011
I finally finished this quilt that I have been working off and on for about five years. I was pretty sure it was destined to be one of those UFOs (UnFinished Objects). It was the first time I stepped away from the so-called traditional quilts into a more artsy piece. I've made several small art quilts at the same time I was working on this, but I must admit that I am partial to the traditional quilt designs. As I was working on this project, this quote kept running through my head, "You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star." It is by German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche(1844-1900), I almost gave the quilt his name. Instead, I chose the name 'Windmills of Your Mind' inspired by the song with the same name (see note below) since to me the quilt represented the chaotic swirling that you have in your brain when the world seems out of sorts. When I started this particular quilt, I had several friends who were going through some difficult transitions in their lives and I used the process of making the quilt as a way to think about and pray for them. It became very meditative, a sort of prayer quilt.
New York Beauty block template
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The fabrics I used on the circles were mostly brightly colored polka dot prints drawing on the circle theme. Bright colors were chosen to symbolize hope. The background is a dark batik. I machine-appliquéd the completed circles to the background using invisible thread and used variegated thread for the decorative machine stitches around the circles. To remove bulk, I trimmed the background fabric covered by the circles. Using extracted lyrics from the song "Windmills of Your Mind", letters were hand-appliquéd on the quilt for additional embellishment.
The backing fabric is a multicolored polka dot print against a green background. I hand-quilted spirals all over using Sulky brand multicolored variegated thread, the ends of which I purposely left hanging as another decorative element. I am sure there are plenty more I can do to embellish this quilt but for now, I declare it FINISHED! But then again, wouldn't some beading look good on it...hmmm.
"The Windmills of Your Mind"(press on song title to listen) ("Les moulins de mon cœur") is a song from the movie The Thomas Crown Affair (1968, re-made in 1999). The original was performed by Noel Harrison. Michel Legrand wrote the music. The English lyrics were written by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman and the French lyrics were by Eddy Marnay.