Some quilts are a very long time in coming. They come in and out of storage based on deadlines, time management, and whims. Such is the story of Fruit Salad.
Fruit Salad first made an appearance at the Crow Barn in the spring of 2010. I was there for two weeks to take Sets and Variables I & II and which I wrote about here.
Part of why Fruit Salad went up on the design wall and came down from the design wall so many times is because I kept trying to make it into a grid. Do you see the grid I am trying to impose in this photo?
And Boulevard. All three of these quilts feature an elongated and distorted view of the grid.
This winter, when it fully sunk in that I was having two solo shows in the month of February, I realized that the only way I was going to have enough material was to seriously focus on finishing up some favorites.
Fruit Salad went back up on the design wall.
Since I began Fruit Salad, my aesthetic concerning quilt edges had changed dramatically. For a brief moment in time, I produced quilts with edges not cut with rulers. Some would say these edges are organic, I would say they are wobbly. I am currently in the straight edge camp. This meant I needed to go back into the quilt and gentle straighten the edges. I wrote about this process here.
Once the top was done, I spent about 25- 30 hours quilting.
I was there to hang my show CUT-STITCH-PRESS at the Bunnell Street Arts Center and have an opening. Unfortunately, a storm but the kibosh on that. You can read about how fun that was in this blog post I called Wind Storm-Power Outage-Blizzard. Really, it was good fun hanging out with the staff of the Bunnell. I left with the quilt draped like this–ready and waiting to be hung.
And a few close ups.
I hope you all are having as good of spring as we are up here. It’s absolutely wonderful to feel the sun for so many hours a day. It feels like fruit salad weather….