Finally – I can post about this quilt! I made it for my mom for her birthday.
I started without an idea (go figure, eh?).
I was simply making crumb blocks with left over bits and pieces from various Japanese taupe quilts. As I was making these crumb blocks, I thought to myself…..”it looks like wood”. Somewhere along the way – my thought segued to the song “Old Rugged Cross”. Then, I thought to myself…..”I think that is one of mom’s favorited songs”. From there – wood and cross and mom sorta mooshed (yes, technical quilting term) together for awhile. I did some Google Image searches on wooden crosses and ideas started to form.
As I continued to make crumb blocks, I started playing with some of my silk eco dyed fabrics as the background. I liked what I was coming up with but didn’t like the lines that formed where the pieces were joined together. So, I decided to appliqué strips over the seams to hide them and make all the fabrics blend more.
Seams NOT showing as much:
I also wanted a hill for the cross to sit on and while digging in some fabrics, found a piece of lace which I tea/coffee dyed and it became the hill.
By now, I had found a church bulletin on Google Images that I liked. Three crosses actually. And they were 3 dimensional, which I liked. Since I struggle with perspective and 3D thinking, I enlisted Mr. W’s help. I told him approximately how big I wanted the quilt to be and he drafted a rough idea for me. At one point – I did the large cross out of paper just to see how things would look.
(to be continued)