My mother, like all mothers, had her favorite sayings, but hers weren't the typical ones at all. She would say, "Decisions, decisions!" when you were trying to make up your mind. She would say, "First mistake I ever made" whenever she made one. She would say, "I'm in the garbage!" when you came home and called out, "Mom, where are you?" I asked a couple of my siblings for help to get a saying I could make a quilt from.
Brother Roger came up with "Learn something new every day" which he remembers both my mother and her mother saying. Mom would say "You learn something new every day" whenever something she hadn't heard of before came in front of her, but I chose to use it as my brother quoted it - more as a piece of motherly advice. In this age of lists of recommendations for how to age better, learning new skills - both physical and mental - is always at the top.
Norris and I are constantly looking for ways to expand our brains and physical skills. So I set out to make a quilt using techniques I have never tried before, and came up with painting with water color dyes on silk. I had recently purchased both the Derwent Inktense pencils and some mix-with-water fabric dyes.
I knew enough not to try to make my first piece be the final one. I thought the blue part of the quilt would be the Blue Ridge mountains and started experimenting on a 6 inch square piece of silk ironed to freezer paper. This is a cropped view of that effort - the other edges have color experiments on them.
I started with that purple which got away from me right away, and I didn't like the pencil lines in the sky, but the blue and black mountains and the foliage part are not too bad.
My next effort was 6 x 12 inches and I already had much better control of the flow of color for the mountains.
I considered cutting this piece apart and appliqueing other fabric on top of my water color mountains for the foliage, but by this time I concluded this scene was too complicated for a beginning fabric painter like me, and went to Plan B.
Now I'm curious to see what the other quilters' mothers always said and how they interpreted those words into a quilt.