You see years ago--like almost thirty years ago--maybe it was even 32 years ago--I am not sure, they had purchased a quilt of mine from a gallery and hung in their living room all this time. Seen children grow, friends come and go. Indeed the only image they had of the quilt was from a large party.
Alas though when they repainted, its time had come. They told me that they cried when it came down.
And that would be enough to make a story. But they wanted me to make a quilt to replace it to hang for the next 30 years. Of course it wasn't going to look just like the quilt they had had. Styles had changed. The quilts I make have changed. Their furnishings have changed. They brought images of the room. Together we looked at quilts I had made and they found a piece I had made 8 or so years ago that they loved.
|prairie dawn--quilt--ann brauer|
They loved the blue sky in this quilt and the red "sun." But after some thought--they preferred the bottom of this quilt.
|rainbows of dawn--quilt--ann brauer|
I had to find out. I told myself to start with what I knew. Maybe that wonderful chartreuse green on the bottom. So I cut lots of fabric in those colors--the palette.
|fabric palette--quilt--ann brauer|
And started sewing. It is quilt as you go in blocks so I sew right sides together through the cotton batting onto the back.
And press open.
Check out the back to make sure it is working.
Repeat and continue until I have a block.
And start to pin it to my design board. This quilt is large enough it will occupy the design board until I get it done. I hope that will be incentive to work quickly.
And just like a TV show that leaves you dangling, this will be continued.
What do you think?