After all the fun Phillida and I had creating cloth which we both thought was remotely close to the inspiration source she had chosen, I have finished up almost obliterating the fabric/colour! I love the colour and have two more pieces which I hope to use in the future.
But of the three ideas that came late into my head this one was shouting the loudest. Many years ago I took a class at Birmingham with a lovely tutor, Sarah Fincken, about creating a story quilt. It was called Track Mapping. I enjoyed the class and have a design worked out for a large quilt. I guess this has always been in the back of my mind and the colour rekindled the idea.
Well, the quilt was started on Saturday afternoon and finished just before lunch today - talk about taking it to the wire! There is raw edge machine appliqué, hand and machine stitching and a lot of paint. Phil, I haven't a clue who the kind lady at Kearsney was who gave me the dot-making tool, but she saw it for sale on the Guild stand and thought of me. It is magic!
There are painted women dancing around a camp fire with smoke, dreaming tracks, kangaroo tracks, clouds with rain falling on a waterhole and the sun.
What fun. I am also aware that there is a school of thought that thinks using aboriginal icons by non-natives is bordering on the offensive. I hope I haven't offended anyone or trodden on any toes.