I hung my quilt on the barn to take a picture of it, but it wouldn’t stay still. First me, and now you’re dancing with the wind, I thought.
It did quiet down long enough for me and Jon to get some pictures. But then the animals arrived, Zinnia, Fate and Zip, even the sheep showed up at the gate.
This quilt demanded to be made. When I saw the scraps left on my studio floor after cleaning up my studio, the only thing I could imagine doing next was sewing them together.
And it was a dance, me guiding the dragonflies out of their comfort zone (pushing me out of mine). Away from the soft browns and reds to something unexpected.
That’s where the flour sack fabric came in. It’s from actual flour sacks that women used to make dresses, curtains and pillows with after the flour was gone. The flour companies purposefully printed the sacks with color patterns.
But I didn’t want to leave it there. There is calico from the 1970s along with contemporary fabric.
I felt my creativity reach and sing, as well as dance as I pieced together this quilt.
You can follow my process as I made Dancing With The Dragonflies, here.