Seascape bereavement quilt made from his amazing mother’s clothes
My most recent pictorial quilt was a departure for me in that my customer had definite ideas of what he wanted yet gave me full rein within those restrictions. He wanted a seascape, preferring an abstract but allowing for a few organic shapes. He wanted no defined picture – that is, no discernible top or bottom – but beyond that I was free to be creative. His mother’s clothes were mostly lovely pastels, knits, cottons, and linens, but with a smattering of almost every color one could ask for.
Creating the Picture
I had started on the upper right corner of the quilt and found that sewing together curved pieces of various fabrics had its problems – a bit of puckering that couldn’t be ironed out. Instead of undoing my mistakes, I decided to cover it up with hanging kelp. (I once did the same sort of repair while constructing a miniature house and was told by a contractor that this was often their solution to problems.)