I thoroughly enjoyed working on this little quilt. It started off as an "experiment" in response to my own desire to try a Mod quilt. I am absolutely enamored by the tension created between stark white and bold vivid colors. And what better combination that the colors I visualize as representing a delicious Indian Summer and bright, crisp, winter white!!
I made a bunch of improv log cabin blocks with utilizing a stack of warm orange, red, magenta and yellow blended hand dyes, batiks and homespuns I had lying around. After playing with designs, I decided to make those into four patches spaced with 6 inch solid white blocks within which I quilted a tribal sun. Spending alot of time in Arizona and New Mexico I have come to understand the symbolism of the sun as an icon and sincerely appreciate the beauty in that thought. I really enjoyed quilting the suns free form. They look so great!
Something I find interesting about many modern quilts is the backing. Oftentimes there some kind of visual "pop" on the back. For Indian Summer, I pieced together a long strip of the fabrics I used in the log cabins and sewed it down the middle. I also randomly placed a color block here and there in the binding.
This week I'm going to focus on the new Spirit Cloth workshop I'm participating in "Cloth to Cloth." I'm looking forward to learning Jude's technique for creating a base layer cloth by weaving it myself. I am excited to pick up a needle and thread again after spending so much time with the machine lately. Should be a delicious reprieve