” . . . passing
your fingers over its surfaces
as if it were some kind of wonder.” (from “A Spiral Notebook” by Ted Kooser)
I’ve quilted one square of the indigo salmon quilt. I kept looking at the blue cotton and wondering what sort of stitching would suit both the quilt and the swirling watery pattern of the cloth. Well, spirals, of course! They are such symbols of life — the double helix of DNA, the nautilus shell, the exquisite carved tri-spirals at the megalithic passage grave at Newgrange in Ireland which is surely as much about life as death (its passage and chamber illuminated at sunrise at Winter Solstice), and the seed patterns of many flowers (the Fibonacci spiral).
Here’s what the first spiral looks like, but remember that the fabric is actually a richer blue:
And here’s what it looks like on the backing of unbleached cotton. Because this is the first square and one quilts from the centre out, to avoid ruckling of the fabric, you can see the seam that runs across the middle of the backing because I had to piece two lengths to get the right size. (The gaping blue threads are the basting threads and they’ll be removed when the quilt is finished.)
This kind of quilting begs to be touched, “passing/your fingers over its surfaces…”, stitching and handwork creating its own texture of wonder.