I’ve been wanting to use an idea that I saw in a book of Jose Guadalupe Posada’s work. A grid of small squares, each with an image of one thing. They’re prints for Loteria, a game similar to Bingo. Yesterday when I looked at my quilt with the lace tree on it, hanging on my wall, I thought the “Loteria” idea would work perfectly.
I used my own images, my visual vocabulary and things that were right in front of me as I sat in my studio drawing. My sewing machine, an outlet, a goddess, a donkey, a chair. Each square, its own little world.
This morning I hung the quilt on the back wall of my studio. I needed to see it from a distance. I sat in my chair and looked at it, waiting for it to tell me what needed to be done next. What it called for was something that I hadn’t drawn.
So I started going through my stacks of fabric, looking for the right thing. I was thinking snake, but found a dragon with the movement I wanted. His mouth was open, teeth bared and by the end of the day I knew he was breathing not fire, but flowers. Just enough to embrace my Snake Goddess.
Is still have to sew the dragon and flowers down, but this is what the quilt looked like when I left my studio tonight.