#SOL21: Tiger, Tiger

Animals exist on so many planes. Which ones are your favorites?

William Blake in his poem says

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye, 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

William Blake The poetryfoundation.org

You may know Daniel the Tiger, a PBS American/Canadian character with Mr. Roger characteristics, who headlines a show for preschoolers with 30 minute segments.

Where in the world are the most Tigers found? Of course, it is India. Who ranks second?

You may be surprised to find out it’s Texas with approximately 2,900 tigers. Source And then there was the tiger India, a Houston star on the loose in Texas just last week. Source

Two weeks ago I spent some time in the National Quilt Museum at Paducah, KY. It’s worth the time and energy to study the artistic and workmanship qualities of quilts.

There were hundreds of colors, patterns and designs that captured my attention but I returned to this one multiple times. Was it the fact that some of the fabric extended beyond the quilt? Was it the visual characteristics? Was it the fact that it made me think?

See the paw that sticks out beyond the border as the tiger springs through the window!

Every creation has information about the designer/creator/craftmanship.

Was it the challenge that drew me back?

The illusions?

What did I notice?

What catches your eye when you are in a museum? What causes you to return to the same item time after time? What are you willing to spend time on? Where does your curiosity take you?


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8 responses

  1. A lovely read. Reminded me of the many times I visited the Doll’s Museum in Delhi to see the multiple displays of dolls but would keep visiting the one which showcased a jungle with a tiger and other birds and animals in it.

  2. Setting matters and I just found this scene to be captivating. Of course. I also love a good puzzle as well!

  3. Fascinating quilt. I love how the images hide inside and how the tiger leaps from the quilt. Intriguing.

  4. An artistic endeavor for sure. I loved the hidden word “tiger” on its body as well as the clues about applique vs quilting locations.

  5. I’d love to go to a quilting museum! I learned how to quilt as a teenager. I studied with a famous quilter and got featured in a book on quilting (along with six other kids who studied with her). Unfortunately, it’s something I haven’t kept up with since I don’t have a sewing machine. Oh, how I’d love to learn again.

    Speaking of animals, my new favorite are goats. (I blogged about it today.)

  6. Fran, I can see why this quilt would catch your eye. It is interesting to see how some quilters can trick the eye and add illusions to their piece just be manipulating where and how they place the fabric. I need to come back to this later on to study it and look for all those tigers.

    1. I need to print and mark them.
      I think I got to 10 . . . Maybe!

  7. I’m so glad you enjoyed my quilt. Thanks for sharing it.

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