My Rain Quilt gave me a hard time. It looked a lot different when I went into my studio this morning. There were flowered pieces of fabric on either side of the dark blue. I really like the way they looked. They worked in the way that when I looked at them I knew they were right.
But the quilt needed more and I couldn’t figure out to do after that.
So I tore off the two strips of flowered fabric and added the red.
I looked at it wondering what I had done. I can’t remember the last time I used so much blue in a quilt. And I was intentionally trying not to use red because I didn’t want to go in the direction of red, white and blue.
But there it was. Yeah, maybe it’s mixed up with a bunch of other colors, but it said “flag” to me now no matter how I looked at it.
I gave into it. Acknowledging that the election is there in my mind and my heart and now in my quilt.
Not sure what to do next, I wanted to keep it moving. That play of darks and lights and brights moving in and out.
When I laid down the black and brown fabric next to the red, it all came together. It picked up on the blue and orange border around the triangle quilt pieces. And when I didn’t have enough of it to go around the whole quilt I found pieces of fabric with similar colors.
And then I found the elephant.
A little hard to see in the top photo, it’s in the bottom left corner, made up of all the colors in the quilt.
Detail of the Elephant
There is fabric in this quilt from the United States, the Philippines and Africa (that I know of) . I didn’t set out to make a quilt about anything in particular. But now that it’s done I see the coming together of the tradition of diversity. Which to me, is what our country has always been about.
I still have to back and tack Rain Quilt, but I think it may be sold. If not, I’ll be sure to let you all know when it’s done.