Making a new quilt is kind of like planting a garden for me. I don’t seem to able to plan a quilt out ahead of time. A seed of an idea gets planted in my brain (which may or may not be fertile ground at the time). It has to lie there under the surface for a while, accumulating the energy to sprout and poke its little head into the light of day. A little feeding and watering (or maybe a lot, depending on the challenges), and in due time, I can harvest a finished quilt.
My newest quilt is called Yum! A Farmer’s Market Fantasy, and the seed (idea) was a challenge fabric for Columbine Quilt Guild. It was a tone-on-tone beige fabric, and I wondered what would happen if I printed on it. The theme of the challenge was “Seasons of the Year,” so I thought maybe I could print some baskets on the beige fabric and the texture would show through the baskets. I could fill the baskets with veggies, and do a harvest season theme. More in the next post about how it developed.