Saturday, September 16, 2006

another county line--aqua and red

My Grandma Dykstra's kitchen on our farm was a wonderful aqua/turquoise color with red counters and clock. We moved into this house when I was about 5 and my mother painted it a great pink with the red accents. In my memory it is two different places even though they were the same room, because I associate each with the woman and the color.
This quilt reminds me of Grandma's time.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


I haven't gotten the binding on this yet, but it is time I update this blog.
This quilt has many influences. Of course, the Gee's Bend exhibit that was in Milwaukee a few years ago. Then, my friend Rebecca made a wonderful blue quilt from her stash. But what got this one going was the great Japanese fabric with the blue and grey and red carp. I had just a bit of it, and used it in the interior and the borders.
I took a stack of blue fabrics from my shelf, tore out a 9 inch strip from each, and free hand cut them into pieces with the rotary cutter. I sewed them into columns about 12-16 inches long, squared them up, then joined them to make the rows.