I think most of us who “make” would admit that half of the motivation to do so is in the therapy it provides. Have you ever made something because you needed the excitement or the calm the object channeled? I’m not often conscious of these motivations until I’m done with a piece.
Lately I’ve needed a little calm and this quilt top filled the bill. At the end of December, I took advantage of a sale Leslie Keating was having and bought some beautiful Maze and Vale fabric along with one of her quilts. If you don’t already know, I have a huge soft spot for hand printed and dyed fabric. Leslie’s work is amazing. (Maze & Vale.)
I actually drew out a design but then quickly abandoned it and started piecing half circles and circles. I hated the idea of cutting this gorgeous fabric up so tried to make big blocks to keep it intact as much as possible. I threw in a Japanese Indigo dyed linen and some mustard linen as well. Can you see my inspiration in the printed mustard circle of Leslie’s baby blanket?
There is a hidden square on the piece on the top middle. It was a completely delightful “accident”. I LOVE this quilt top and the calm I get gazing at it. This one will go on my wall once finished. I’m auditioning names for this guy and somehow the cheesy 80s songs which have been my naming inspiration of late don’t seem right. If you have any suggestions, I am all ears.