Saturday, July 24, 2010

the quilt I want to make

A week to go before the PA Guild Show. I finished the big quilt a couple days ago and then spent a day or two agonizing what to make next. There are some smaller wall hangings in colors that I know will sell--maybe I should make one of those? Some variation in color of course to keep me interested and to learn something new. Maybe a couple of much smaller pieces--table runners. I could always use more of them. Hmm. I ponder the colors. I just can't get going though.

Then it comes to me. I have been working toward a quilt with rolling fields for a couple years now. I did red barn, blue silos. Loved that piece.

And of course the mystery of bend in the road. A slightly earlier quilt.

And of course the rolling nature of hills and valleys. I bet you can see where I'm going.

This is a quilt I've been thinking about for some time. Although I am certainly not sure if it will work. I make a few quick sketches. I am making a wall hanging which I want to be 45x45 inches. I think this is a nice size.  Takes up wall space but can fit into many homes.

I drink more coffee. And then decide I must simply start. Not think about it. Not worry about whether there is time to finish it. When I was a child, we took swimming lessons at the local pool. Since we lived in the country our lessons were at 8 am when the water temperature was really cold.  There was a high dive which we were expected to jump off.  It really scared me. I knew the water would be really cold when I hit it. The sensation of falling through the air was fun but also unnerving. All I could do was walk to the end and jump--if I thought about it I wouldn't do it. I was always proud of myself when I did it though.  Sometimes quilts are like that too. You just have to start.  Pull out the fabric and make a block.  If I don't get it done in time, there will be another show.

I tell myself to make what I know. I do the greens. It gives the quilt a form and outline. How fragile it looks. But it is nice to be sewing with a purpose.

Then a row of golden browns--let see how this looks.

Progress.  I have no clue what comes next. Luckily for me it's closing time. I have all night to think about the colors. If I can just get one or two more done then maybe it will fall in place. What about a grey? A possibility. I don't want to go to the pinks--not for this quilt.  I want the subtle colors of fields at the end of the season--slightly dusty. Earth colored.  Maybe I could use a misty teal? Taupe?  What do you think?  Do you have quilts that you just start because you want to see what happens?


  1. Hello Ann,

    I've been following your blog and loving your work. I just went to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton and was pleasantly surprised to see your creations in the store there. Beautiful work!