After TWO quilts where I followed a pattern, I needed to do something freer and more creative!
My friend Jan Ochi, who owns Wafu Works in Kingston Beach, Tasmania had lent me her sewing machine, and when I went to pick it up, I fell in love with these linen-like, textured Japanese prints in taupe, indigo and off white ... so I bought a bunch.
During our travels, I was amazed by the tile patterns that seemed to be everywhere and I kept taking pictures of them to use in my quilt making.
The one below is a photo taken in a men's room, that I THOUGHT was empty but wasn't ... but that is another story.
I decided that it would be a fabulous start to an improv quilt based on 2", 4", and 6" squares and rectangles.
The quilt just grew on my design wall and the entire process was just so much fun!
I decided that I wanted to base the quilt on a wonky log cabin block with lots of 'negative space' background. I kept cutting up the log cabins and mixing them up ... and adding more and more of the wonderful Neutrals line.
I wanted to tell the story of going home, and the ways the meaning of 'going home' changes in our life's
Here it is early on, growing on my makeshift design wall in Tasmania. It is finished now ... and absolutely fabulous, but I'll save that for another post.