There’s a lot of work I should be doing. Itâ€™s spring after all, and the yard needs work. Oh, and Allyson and I launch an app that we really need to market and promote. I should… uhm, could… be quite busy.
Instead, I dug around in my fabric stash yesterday, and started a new quilt.
My motivation might have been sparked by the series of novels Iâ€™m reading about quilting and the women who make them. But, if I look back on the quilts Iâ€™ve made over the last 10 years, I notice I tend to make a quilt soon after someone I love dies.
Memory or memorial quilts. Another type of shrine I suppose.
Of course I am thinking of Tomi. As I look outside, spring is all around, new growth, yellow and red flowers, bright colours, lightâ€¦ exactly what Tomi would love.
So donâ€™t ask my why I chose brown and black fabric, I just did. This quilt will be beautiful, yet the dark colours are contrary to everything, Tomi and I am unwilling to change this pallet. (I am as stubborn as she ever was.)
As a rule, I make up quilt designs as I go. I rarely follow a pattern. It drives Ken crazy because I do not plan a quilt. I start cutting fabric, sew it together and watch a pattern emerge. If I donâ€™t like it, I take it apart and start over. Ken thinks I could save a lot of time and heartache by having a plan, but that would drive me crazy, so he has learned to wait, let me have my process, and see what we get.
Still I want this quilt to connect to Tomi in some fashion, and the colours wonâ€™t do it. I have an idea of what I want which is different from a plan, so I went online for a little help and clarification.
I saw it. A quilt very close to what I had in mind. The name of the quilt is the Straight and Narrow. Thereâ€™s the connection! My quilt won’t look like this one, but it will be similar, and I will remember Tomi with each stitch.
I love it when a plan comes together!