I started this project in one of the first quilting classes I ever took ! That would have been 1995 or early 1996. I know this because it was a class that Vicki Johnson taught for our local guild not to long after she had published her book “Paint and Patches” 1995, AQS publishers. I dug out the book to get a fix on the date. It reminded me again what a great Artist and Quilter she is. Vicki has a very unique style of mixing paint, fabric, thread work and patch work together to make beautiful wallhangings!
What motivated the sudden interest to finish this project? Our local guild’s Faire (PVQA.org) was at the end of February and the Quilt Challenge this year was to depict your favorite Sight or Tourist Atraction of the Monterey Bay Area. I immediately thought of this little landscape which I had started sooooo many years ago. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains looking to the South across the Monterey Bay to the Monterey Peninsula. It is a glorious view that I am fortunate enough to enjoy everyday (not withstanding the fog) from my back porch! The morning of Vicki’s workshop I had nothing prepared. It was suggested to bring a picture of a landscape to work with. I had no picture so I just made a quick sketch from my back porch as a guide. Well, the class was great, Vicki is a very good teacher, I learned a lot including how to ‘soft edge applique’. A very handy technique I have used many many times since. By the end of the class I had cut out and glued most of the elements to the foundation, but once it was home I did not know what to do with it. I lay it in between some pages in a sketch book and there it sat essentially untouched since the class.
The Challenge was the motivator but I think the ability to finish the project came from the many years in between of learning and experimenting and building the skills I needed to finish the quilt the way I saw it in my head. Sometimes it just takes time and a long incubation…. cheers, Claire W.