Friday, August 1, 2008

Night Light



What do you remember doing as a child (maybe even now) after the lights went out? And what does it have to do with quilting?




In the illumination of a flashlight under the covers, I think it's safe to say that we've all found some sort of enlightenment in favorite novels, pulp or comics.


19 comments:

Dale Anne Potter said...

WOW!
I'm short on words....this is GORGEOUS!
Kristin what a FABULOUS piece!!!

Gerrie said...

Oh, this is just delightful. Your stitched night reader is super duper. I love the whole idea of how you interpreted this theme.

Lynda B said...

Genius!!!

Diane said...

A charming concept, beautifully executed. And you didn't even show any hint-like quilting on the pieced side... you are obviously adept at under-cover sneaky reading! Beautiful thread work, too.

Deborah said...

Wonderful! I especially loved reading about the whole process on your blog. I hope others will link over and see the development. Great job.

I remember making a little tent with my knees under the covers and then flipping over on my belly to keep reading with the flashlight held up as in your image.

Terry said...

Well, your thread drawing of the child reading is masterful! And the whole idea of pulling the quilt back to find him hiding away there is perfect. I love that the quilt itself is a variation of a "Sunshine and Shadow" design--I'm sure that wasn't a coincidence!

nicolette said...

Wow, your made a drawing by using stitches. Amazing! Even the backing is great!

This reminds me of my childhoods’n sneaky reading books in the light of the moon. I had no flashlight.

Françoise said...

Great piece, as always!
Your thread painting is very good. I'm going to your blog to read more about this.

Brenda said...

Kristin, your quilts always have layers of meaning - this time literally! I used to read any chance that I could and am an old hand at the torch/flashlight under the covers routine. Congratulations on persevering with the thread drawing - it turned out well indeed.

Angie in AZ said...

FABULOUS! The idea alone is wonderful but your execution of it in thread simply is amazing!

StegArt said...

Oh, this is just tremendous Kristen. The thread sketch is way out of this world. Fantastic job!

Suze said...

Very clever interpretation! Love the thread painting...

kirsty said...

Superb! Kristin, you really are a master of thread painting. There isn't a stitch out of place. And I just love how you used front and back to manage the concept of hiding under the quilt to read. I did it, too, as a child but without a torch. I just had to pull my curtain back a bit and the streetlight was enough to read by.

Nikki said...

Kristin, I love it! Each and every one of your quilts amazes me -- the thought behind them and the execution. We have several flashlight readers in our house. Only they aren't sneaky enough to hide under the covers.

Kristin L said...

Thanks for all the glowing comments (pun intended). And yes Terry, I intentionally used Sunshine and Shadows for my quilt. Thanks for noticing :-)

Karen said...

Kristin, sorry I'm so late posting, I wanted to think about these over a few days. This is so wonderful and from reading the posts above, I can see you captured something very generic to our childhood, we all "get it" immediately. The stitching is so terrific and the surprise hiding on the back is so much fun.

Helen said...

This is a very, very clever interpretation of your theme. We have a NANZQ challenge on the same theme currently under way and I would never in a million years have thought of this! In fact I am stuck on my challenge because it has a specific size and what I want to do won't fit the format. I can't seem to come up eith anything else.

Brenda said...

Drat! I thought I had come up with a reasonably original challenge theme. There is nothing new under the sun. Sigh...

corryna said...

What a great idea! It looks wonderful.