This is how it began, the apron in the middle (just like I did for the quilt I made for Jackie’s sister) and the idea of a checkerboard, to pick up the pattern of the apron. Jackie asked me to use the Irish scarf that belonged to her mother-in-law, (an impressive woman who raised two sons by herself) if I could. I laid the scarf out and placed a variety of fabrics on it from the collection of clothes Jackie sent me. When I put the green corduroys next to it, the textures together were so luscious I wanted to eat them. Great I thought, but what now? Once again I pulled out the Gee’s Bend book for inspiration. I didn’t see any one quilt that helped, but as I leafed through, patterns started to form in my head. I saw the red plaid pieces straight across the top and bottom, next came filling in the sides. I stared for a long time at this configuration, thinking about what clothes I had left to use and how much of each. Then this popped into my head:
The Jasper Johns painting Target. What I needed was something akin to those little rectangles on top of the painting. So I cut up some of the other shirts that belonged to Jackie’s husband and a pair of her mother’s shorts and came up with this:
But it needed something else, a touch of red at the top or bottom. I decided on the top and had just enough from Jackie’s Mom’s red plaid skirt for a thin strip of red.
That’s good, I thought, looking at it….or maybe…. So I took a break and went for a walk with the dogs. Lenore rolled in something smelly and Red was the perfect gentleman, even without Jon there. Frieda ( having no choice since she was on a leash) walked at my side.
Back from the walk I told myself it’s the end of the day, leave it alone till tomorrow, but I couldn’t resist and picked up where I left off. …..maybe… a bit of Campbell plaid on the right.