Okay, I realize it’s only the end of January and the rainy season has several months to go, but it’s been an odd winter here on Maui… we haven’t had much rain. It’s been chilly, and the clouds are out, but still, no rain. Add to this weird weather pattern a noticeable lack of trade-winds and the result is a stillness in the air during the day and night. I’m energized by this lack of wind and rain… the sun is out during the day, and there is nothing at night to lull me to sleep at night so I’m driven to create something new in my studio as a way to occupy this swirling mind of mine.
On my design wall is that “Sun” quilt I started in October, but have yet to finish…yikes! I love this piece and will finish it someday, but for now I need to work on something smaller. With the sun on my mind I’ve decided to create something to mark the time… I’m calling it “Filtered Sun.”
I started by drawing out my sun on freezer paper and using machine applique to bring the pieces together. While the resulting quarter looks good, that little blanket stitch looks too “cute” for this project, so I’ve moved to open-edged machine applique… much like Elizabeth Barton uses in her work. The result is the slightly untidy look I was hoping for.Now as I look at it here in the morning I’m liking what I see. I’m happy that it conveys the “Filtered Sun” message I was hoping for and it’s looking like I can move on to the quilting stage today!