06 Dec

Inspiration Sun, no, Monday/Tuesday

I’ve been piddling my time away. Getting stuck at the computer and not really accomplishing much, or at least much tangible. So, I’m a day late on Inspiration Sunday, and I’ve got no lines drawn. I wasn’t in a line-y mood today. I’ve been coming up short on the inspiration photo thing too, It’s not that I’m not inspired, it’s just that inspiration is not always in photo format. Sometimes it is, but I don’t have a camera with me. Sometimes it’s there, but I don’t recognize it until later — after I’ve had a chance to digest it, or attach it to something meaningful. Sometimes, the inspiration is just not a tangible thing. It is as often as not, a feeling, or emotion. As I work on my Army Wife Apron series, the inspiration is all about a state of mind. War Sucks was definitely inspired by a feeling.

Anyway, my inspiration this time around was one of those back of the mind ones. Wrapping things in leaves is somewhat common in Hawaii. Laulau is a dish steamed in a leaf wrapper. Offerings in a leafy pouch are left at sacred places. So when I wanted to sew up some samples with the taro themed fabric I designed, I chose a pouch shape rather than a clutch or a tote. Not that my work is sacred like a ho’okupu, but I think it would make a nice gift (makana).

And, on the subject of gifts, my Quilt Mom Gerrie sent me a fun one “just because.”

She visited a wonderful arts festival and thought of me when she saw this glass mushroom (by Kurumi Conley). She sent me some fun fabric too. Yay!

I sent a gift too. My friend Deborah not so recently relocated and I wanted to welcome her to her new home. Obviously a house quilt was in order, but I decided a pillow would be cozier than wall art.

She’s reported that it’s jazzing up a somewhat boring beige couch (as opposed to the boring white couch at my house where I took this picture).

21 Nov

Inspiration Sunday

I almost forgot!! To continue from last Sunday’s inspiration:

From photo…

to sketch…

to quilt…

It’s even got a rainbow, just like the real place (click to see this, and all the photos, bigger):

I like the little sawtoothy triangles too:

I’ve titled the quilt “Kunia Road” because every time I drive this road this is what I see. It’s working title was “the red dirt quilt” because that’s what I wanted to capture most. I even went on a special quest for red dirt fabric. In my stash I had found a small piece of shot red/orange cotton which was looking pretty great, but it wasn’t nearly enough. So, I sent a bit of it to Kathy at Pink Chalk Fabrics and she found a similar cross weave in her shop. Three cheers to Kathy for indulging her customers!

customer fabric matching

And yes, if this quilt looks familiar, it’s because I’ve shown it in progress here, here, here, and here.