“Koi fish are associated with positive imagery … they are known as symbols of strength and perseverance, as seen in their determinative struggle upstream. … they are also known as symbols of a destiny fulfilled.” Kio Story
I finished designing my Koi quilt today and hung it on the barn to get a good photo of it. The light is much better outside of my studio and the video shows the colors of the quilt even more accurately than a still photo.
The wind was blowing, so a video seemed the perfect way to capture the quilt. I like how the wind gives the effect of the Koi swimming underwater. And towards the end of the video, the quilt almost seems to be breathing.
This quilt came together so quickly I think because I was so focused on it.
I worked on it straight through the day yesterday, from early in the morning till 7pm, stopping only for lunch and to feed the animals. This morning there wasn’t much left to do. I tried a bunch of different fabrics and combinations of fabric, but simplicity won out.
There is a Chinese legend that Koi swam upstream and one Koi spent one hundred years trying to get up a waterfall while the others gave up. The Koi finally succeeded and was rewarded by the gods by being turned into a Golden Dragon, “an image of power and strength”.
I’m not sure why I was driven to make this quilt and so focused on it. But I thought it interesting when I read the story of the Koi, how I made this quilt in the same spirit at the Koi swimming upstream.
I still have to make a backing for my Koi quilt and then tack it.