I prepped the sleeve to add to a quilt I am entering in an my quilt guild's April show. Obviously this was too strenuous. I cut it too short and am going to have to piece it longer. Aargh. At least I discovered the shortfall before attaching it. And I got to enjoy the zing of the whimsical spotted orange fabric.
The weather has been gloomy of late with all the rains. To brighten the household a couple days ago at the grocery store I bought an 8-stem bunch of bright, cheery, orange tulips. I brought them home and set them in a tall vase of water and was thrilled that the next day they had all straightened upright and were opening up. The third morning I came downstairs and was aghast that they had sucked up all the water and were sadly drooped over. I felt so guilty that I had not been paying enough attention to add water sooner. To recover that blast of color, I cut the stems short, removed any leaves competing for water, and inserted each stem through a fat straw to see if I could revive the tulip blooms. It worked and they continued to open up. Aren't they gorgeous?
Each bloom was opening far wider than I had ever hoped for.
Two days later they were broader, strikingly vivid, and still going strong. They reminded me of something I could not quite put my finger on. Then it hit me. Those tulips looked very much like some fabric I had in my stash. I rushed to dig it out.
This is a border print by Valori Wells titled Isabella. Granted the flowers on the fabric are poppies, not tulips, but that does not stop me from enjoying both fabric and flower and associating them with each other.
I also have two yards of a coordinating floral that is very striking as well. Each bloom is about 3" - 4" across. Now I am excited that I resurrected these pieces and want to make something out of them.
It then occurred to me I really must have the perspective of a quilter. In my brain the flower imitated the fabric, not that the fabric was inspired by the flower. I sure hope Mother Nature does not get mad at me for not giving her full credit. I do not know how much more rain I can take! For right this moment, the sun has come out today (not tomorrow as that Annie song tells us) so perhaps Mother Nature is OK with me. Now I will zot on over to Let's Bee Social #161 and luxuriate in all the luscious colors of the rainbow reindeer romping there.