Caribbean vacations are, for me, an endless celebration of colors. Both the houses scattering the islands, and the fish schooling below the water, represent a million possibilities for designs.
But this year my mind went in a new direction. A very “solid” direction, if you will.
Modern quilts are primarily composed of solid color fabrics, with a lot of white areas, and quite a bit of close machine quilting. Some add in striking printed fabrics, but sparingly. This makes the representation of fish and houses – in an abstract way – much easier to design, because it avoids the complicated struggle with the many colors in a printed fabric.
I spent all one morning doing endless sketches and coloring them in, trying to grasp the images in a very abstract way, focusing on the different groups of fish we were seeing as we snorkeled. There are so many colors and combinations, that I could just do these as an endless series and never get bored!
Meanwhile, I’m headed north on Tuesday to see my mom, who is also a quilter. We’ll spend a week on her unfinished projects, so I can’t start on my fish until later this month.
Travel tip: I have my pencils, sketchbook, camera, spare glasses, snorkel mask with prescription lenses, and a bathing suit, in my backpack. If the airline chooses to mislay my suitcase, I can still have fun while I wait for it to catch up with me.