Winter Sky in Morning, in fabric
Winter can be a dreary time, and I live in a state that often feels like a thick layer of gray settles over us for months on end. I also drive kids to three schools in the morning. (At least, I used to, before everything was cancelled.) I love to observe the sky, and on my morning drives I saw so much color. I started mental lists of all the colors I saw during that 45 minute drive. In a way, the exercise was like the one that prompted my first Color Stack quilt. I trained my eyes to see more than I had looked for in the past, and to redefine what color meant to me in a certain season. At last I decided to make a quilt, a quilt to capture the winter sky in morning, in fabric.
I chose flying geese for two reasons. First, I drive toward the mountains and the colors of the sky contrast with their looming peaks. And second, because my favorite thing is to see a flock of geese pass by. A large number of them have taken to wintering at a golf course near my home and I love seeing them.
Each day I chose a couple of colors to represent my favorite colors that morning. Then I made a few flying geese. The bottom of the quilt represents the first half of my drive, when I’m headed toward the mountains and the sunrise. The colors are more saturated and darker on that half of the drive.
The top half of the quilt represents the second half of my drive, when I’m facing away from the sun, looking across the sky toward the west. There are mountains in that direction, too, but they’re farther away. I love the way the colors soften as the sun climbs higher, even in winter.
There were days of snow and storm when all I saw was bluish gray and white. I made flying geese for those days as well. Mixed together, it is a tribute to the winter sky in morning, in fabric. And I love it.
I love making quilts that reflect my life experiences, and the way this quilt is it’s own study in color, taken from nature. Time for quilting!