It’s been about 4 months since our move and my brain is buzzing with ideas for quilts! Guess I am now fully recovered from the tribulations of moving.
Now I have so many ideas and only 24 hrs in the day. The house needs a good tidy and the yard needs attention, and my only desire is to be in the sewing room. A conundrum, but a good one.
One of the treasures unearthed by the move is a hand dyed batik piece from Senegal (Africa) that was a gift from a brother who served there as a Peace Corps volunteer many years ago. Well a couple of decades ago; where does the time go anyway??
I had pulled this beautiful little square out numerous times over the years, and returned it to the stash. Sometimes I would forget about it entirely for a year, or three. And here it was again after our move.
I found this intimidating all those years ago. My little brother carried this piece, which measures about 12.5″ x 25.5″ around the world for me. And what was I supposed with it?
Now I saw the piece with different eyes this time. Yes, yes, it’s time to DO something with you. And heaven forbid that I wait any longer. It would be a crime for this to remain buried in my stash any longer. My 3 plus years working with applique had changed my eye and the possibilities swirling in my head.
Browns, burgundy and a deep gold. The tones are not my usual colors, as they are rather muted, but I rummaged in my batik stash and sent off for a background grunge yard (still waiting!) and a burgundy batik shot with gold.
I plumbed my Esther Aliu patterns for a basket design. Something simple with strong graphic appeal, like the piece. I found what I was looking for in her Juliette pattern. I had made Juliette without the basket border, and now the baskets will adorn this piece. A 50% reduction of the pattern size will border it nicely.
The challenge is to bring some light to the piece without distracting the eye from it; to subtlely enhance its beauty while keeping its integrity.
Will I give it back to my brother? Or perhaps to his daughter, who is finishing college but was not yet born when he gave this to me?
Have I told you lately how very much I love sewing/quilting/applique???
Happy quilting all!