I belong to a small art quilt group called Cloth in Common. Every two months we get a new prompt. When I learned the prompt for this round was road, I knew exactly what I wanted do. I wanted to piece the road that leads to here—the Wrangell St. Elias National Park where McCarthy, Alaska is located..We have a cute little cabin here.
And I love to spend my summers stitching away in my plein aire studio.I have been here since the beginning of July working every day on these three quilts.
As the deadline for this prompt grew closer, I knew that I needed to stop working on the other two quilts and focus on the “road” ahead.
I allotted three entire days to piece the sky. Surely that is enough time.
My first sky was all wrong. (Yes. I get it wrong.)
And so was my second one. ( And sometimes I get it wrong again.)
In the meantime son #1 and his friend show up. He is twenty and here to make some money doing grunt labor. I was really surprised by how much he threw off my studio practice. I also cannot believe how much they eat. They are feeding machines. Gobble, Gobble, Gobble. Time began to slip away.
Even the bees were working against me. He would not leave, and while I am okay with bees, I did pause while he sorted his life out. Freedom was just a mere twelve inches away.
Today, I woke up knowing that I would be in the studio until this piece was done.
I selected a third sky palette.
I changed the piecework from short rows to curves. I was not sure how it was going to work, but I forged ahead anyway.
I started with my regular pieced curves. I put them up on the design wall just to see if the palette would work. In the past, I just could not see my way around that giant ugly center seam. I figured it out. I know this sounds corny, but it came to me. The SOLUTION. I could see how I could piece the curves into the mountains.
There was a bit of wacky construction involved.
I am pleased with this piece. I tried some new things and over all, I got where I wanted to go.
If you would like to see all the other interpretations of this prompt, please visit the Cloth in Common blog, You are in for a treat.
If you want to see more beautiful pictures of my favorite road, I hope you will visit my friend Dianne Millard’s blog Rambling Ranger . She has written a lovely post about the McCarthy Road. She is a professional photographer and travel writer. Her photos do the road justice.
Have you tried anything new this summer? I would love to hear about what you are stitching, growing, hiking, playing.