Last July, after my spine surgery, once I felt well enough, I needed something to do that wasn't too physical and could give me a bit of chance for creativity.
I decided to look in my fabric scrap box and see if I could make something. I went on line to get some ideas, and a bit of a tutorial on fabric landscape design. Then I made a sketch and began seeing what fabrics might work.
I was in no rush. I worked on it a little bit at a time, over months, actually, just picking it up when there was a time gap to fill. As for the design, I pretty much made it up as I went along, starting at the top and adding layers.
Here is the end product, finally hung just last week.
Today I Facetimed with granddaughter Irene and I was telling her about some of the fabrics. Everything has a story. She remembered the dresses.
The sky blue is from a dress I made for her, back when she wanted fancy dresses. The solid blue in the mountains and the solid green are scraps from making Sounder flags in the early days of our fandom, ten years ago. The pale green is from Irene's rainbow dress, maybe ten years ago. The patterned green is from a vest I made for Isaac, part of our dress up occasion for celebrating an Irene birthday with high tea at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. That might be the occasion for the rainbow dress too.
The dark green with the vertical lighter stripes is from a big piece of fabric I found in an antique store in Garibaldi on the Oregon coast. It was used in all kinds of things, including Christmas placemats. The other two green floral calico pieces are from way back, when I made stuffed JILL letters for Jill's bedroom, and Christmas ornaments, let's say 40 years ago.
Last week I started a new recovery project, once again digging through my scrap box. I am making a set of two placemats to go with my Valentine table topper. These are going faster, because it is now the last day of January, and I want to use them for February.
I'll post again when they are finished. There will probably be more stories.