Losing myself in some thoughtless creativity this week. My work has been especially brutal from an emotional perspective-too much tragedy for certain. Can sewing be therapy? YES, YES, YES!!!
I finished a quilt top that has been several months in the making. I was initially inspired by wood panelling made by artist Ariele Alasko (ariele alasko) For me, is easy to see many of her designs interpreted as quilts. It morphed in the making, as my creations always do and required sewing and unpicking several times to get right.
On my daily drives I pass by a beautiful abandoned gas station. It is a remnant of the old Lincoln Highway that is now virtually unused since they built Highway 80 here in Northern California. The blue wall and wood paneling of the station called for pictures (and that color combo deserves a quilt too don’t you think?). While I stopped and set up my portable backdrop, the elderly owner came out to chat. No question he was leery of me at first but warmed quickly when he saw my quilt. It is hard for anyone to be threatened by that. As I drove away I realized the quilt needed to be called “Old Blue Eyes” as the blue diamonds remind me of a steel blue gaze and in reference to the lovely old man who let me take pictures on his property.