Things that I love:
- I love Queen Anne’s Lace (a.k.a. wild carrot). It’s always been a favourite of mine. I don’t know why.
- I love Vincent Van Gogh’s work. His paintings are interesting and he used lots of my favourite colours (like blue, lots and lots of glorious shades of blue).
- I love quilting. It can require a great deal of patience, which I don’t always have, but I still love it. It’s quiet, the results are always something to be proud of (even when I screw up a bit), and it’s creative.
- I love Mad About Patchwork. Pam has a good collection of fabric collections (and her taste seems to be very similar to mine), a large number of solids and extras, and she’s Canadian (which means I can support a fellow Canuck, not pay a fortune in shipping, and get my orders quickly).
- I love (most of) the Madrona Road fabric collection. The design with the truck doesn’t really do anything for me, but I love the rest of the fabrics and the colour scheme.
- I love thinking outside the box, or at least somewhat creatively.
- I love making quilts that are personal, either by coming up with a design that means something to me, modifying a design to suit my tastes, or using colour to change the mood or look of a design.
How do these all come together? Pam (Mad About Patchwork) recently posted about Madrona Road and talked how it represented a different kind of fall or harvest colour scheme. Then she threw in a picture of Van Gogh’s Harvest in Provence, which (depending on the picture quality) is mainly blue and golden orange or blue and buttercup yellows (Pam had a version that was the latter, which matches Madrona Road colours very closely). I was inspired. Instantly.
The actual design took a day to work out, but I’ve ordered some Madrona Road and I’m excited to make myself a lovely harvest inspired lap quilt. I won’t share the design just yet, but it’s inspired by the painting.
I can’t wait to make it, but I’m going to hold off until next month to get a few other projects off my table.