I just finished sewing this together, and smoothed back up on the wall to do the next step: audition borders. Those blocks have been orphaned on my wall for nearly a month now, so it’s nice to have them all sewn together (so I won’t worry about them falling off and never getting them back in the arrangement I’d decided on).
I went up to Bluebird Fabrics, which stocks a lot of Kaffe Fassett fabrics, thinking that his florals might do the trick. But I decided it was mixing two different time epochs–not where I want to go with this quilt. So I dug back into the stash, looked through some books and think I’m heading toward a pieced border, with that stripe as a divider to let those edges glow. It’s interesting how “of a certain date” these fabrics are, as well as a certain look. I’m trying for a mellow quilt top here, like the golds and reds and browns of autumn mellow into a beautiful display every year.
But Mother Nature always has a leg up on us, as she paints her fall palate. I noticed when we were in Canada last month, how much better the Halloweeny/Fall colors looked against a gray sky and the softer contrasts found in the northern autumn light. All those pumpkins look out of place here in Southern California, with our bright light and the continuous greens of plants and trees. So it’s no accident that we don’t have “fall” here, at least not until January, when the liquid ambers blaze into brilliant reds, then quickly turn brown and fall off the tree. So, as I work, I try to keep in mind the atmosphere of Montreal and Quebec City and the small island north of that old city as I work on this quilt. Luckily it’s supposed to rain tomorrow, which will help me stay focused.