I am usually inspired by my materials and a desire to enhance them rather than a plan to bend them to a design in my head. This quilt is inspired by my love of Vicki Welsh hand dyed fabrics and by Wanda Hanson's Neapolitan quilt. I love the work of both women and I know they are friends. In my mind, this quilt celebrates that.
Vicki's colors are so beautiful with lots of subtle changes. I like them so much that I've been intimidated by them, afraid I would destroy their beauty. I've had some of her fabrics for years and could not bear to use them except in small strips. But finally I have an idea that I like enough to cut them up (gulp).
Here is my simple plan. I cut the fabrics into squares. Then I find a batik fabric that enhances the hand dyed fabric. I cut the strip and applique it to the square background. My applique method is very simple, I just use a zigzag stitch.
From a distance the quilt is all these beautiful glowing colors.
From close up you can see the designs in the batiks and the subtle beauty of the background.
Right now I am working on choosing and applying the strips, which is very fun for me, because I am playing with color, which is my favorite part. And I will get play with color again when I decide how they best fit together.
Mostly I don't care if anyone else likes what I do. But this time I hope Wanda and Vicki will like how I am using the fabrics. In any case, a big thank you to both of them for the beauty of what they do and the pleasure they provide me.