Last winter here in Northern California we faced what they thought would be the “storm of a century”. Since we live on a piece of property with a lot of trees this typically means electricity going out, trees down and several days of time off the grid. As we prepped bringing out lamps, blankets and our generator, it brought to mind the mood and the phrase “Batten Down the Hatches” and a quilt design was born. I grabbed a large piece of orange/red Kona cotton and made it a pieced porthole with which i filled improv curved waves and sky. The huge storm as it turned out never came to pass BUT I was left with a throw sized quilt top that grew on me daily and begged for some special quilting that I knew I was not up to.
I’ve mentioned before that 2015 has been a year of collaboration for me. This latest quilt is the child of one such amazing union. The free motion quilting work of Christina Cameli (A Few Scraps) is epic, truly. To be honest I had no idea how special her art was until I held the fruits of it in my hands. As I was pondering how to finish this piece, I threw out the idea of collaborating to Christina and lucky me, she said yes.
She filled this quilt with beautiful free form art that tells quite a story. We both have since acknowledged the fact that somehow working with another makes you travel roads you would have never considered. I am so thankful we got to travel the journey together.
Christina will be teaching several free motion classes at Quiltcon 2016. One of them is titled “Wild Quilting” and uses this quilt and other works as inspiration. Catch this quilt and Christina at Quiltcon if you can. I promise, you will find her work and teaching inspiring.