Have you ever woken from a dream, gotten out of bed and suddenly found yourself standing in the hallway outside your room, or perhaps in front of your open refrigerator? (Yikes!) It happened to me the other night, but this time I was in my studio, standing at my design wall, with the last traces of my dream floating in front of me. Quickly I grabbed my nearby sketchbook and tried to capture the image before I lost it.
That is the story of Serenity #4. By the next morning I had the start of this surreal dreamscape on my wall. At that point I thought it was going to be a long vertical piece, and I kept auditioning fabrics in different shapes and gradations of color.
I could have saved myself some time and energy if I had seen it sooner. The piece was almost done, and it was trying to tell me…. All I had to do was add one small band of fabric at the top.
The moment I held the light blue grey up to the piece I saw it. This was not going to be a vertical quilt. It was going to be a horizontal landscape. And it was time for me to stop adding to it — because it was complete just as it was.
A midsummer night’s dream.
Surreal, isn’t it?