Our family went on vacation to Iceland some years ago because my mother-in-law and husband are Icelandic. I’d never been, so I bought a guide and read about the country. I was surprised to learn that Reykjavik weather is moderated by the Gulf Stream.
Yep, the Gulf Stream. The same current that can intensify hurricanes in Florida. Could there be two more different climates, Iceland and Florida? But a single oceanic link. Just like my husband and me: two totally different individuals linked by a promise called marriage.
When I first read this challenge and contemplated opportunity and coincidence, I focused on what seemed disparate, unlikely and random. But when I linked the geography of my husband’s and my ancestral locations, I thought of similarities. I guess when fate intervenes, all roads lead to the same destination.
There is one event that is even more unlikely than the link to my husband: the construction of this quilt. This abstract rendition of the Gulf Stream is completely hand done. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I intensely dislike hand work. I won’t even replace a button. I tell my husband that’s what safety pins were invented for.
Unfortunately, at the beginning of this challenge cycle, I developed a frozen shoulder. It’s painful and debilitating, I couldn’t even push a piece of fabric through my machine. My husband affectionally calls me the one armed woman. Regardless, I plowed through. Necessity and stubbornness propelled me to places I’ve never been – and may never return.
To create this piece I wet a piece of rayon fabric and formed it into a currents and land masses. When it was thoroughly dry I stitched it in place, added sea glass representations of land and beaded it to add interest. I wanted to maintain the organic edge so I stitched the top and batting to a piece of cotton covered Peltex. 18" W x 27" H