The medieval walls and streets proudly show their age with layers of rock-and-brick patchwork. Like this one...
Here's the villa where we stayed:
|Do not follow my example and place your coffee cup on your sewing table. It's asking for trouble.|
For my first experiment, I used a trapezoidal piece of scrap muslin that happened to be lying around, with batting between two layers, and red thread. I picked seven favorite photos, and stitched them out serially...
One was this photo:
|I also stitched or wrote the name and number of the photo on top of each image.|
Third time in fabric, again:
Next, a metal vine window grating, surrounded by bricks, then rocks:
First draft, stitched...
...Second draft in ink...
Rocks are much easier to sketch than relatives, so I left the family out of my interpretations. First version:
Third, another fabric practice:
First try, stitched:
(I skipped the hard part). Third, stitched again:
Meanwhile, here are some more quilty sights (and sites) from Costa Brava. Our villa featured an affectionate burro named Rudolpha.
We bonded deeply, but unfortunately, she wouldn't fit into the overhead compartment on the airplane. Next, a café ceiling - OMG, those are flying geese!
Across from the cafe, a building with a graphic sun dial. I believe those dark brown metal cross stitches are holding the structure together (not religious icons).
Next, an apartment building painted with rectangles that look a lot like...business envelopes with all the lower triangular flaps colored in!?
Is this a traditional Spanish symbol? Anyone?
Check out this rock mosaic pattern from the middle of a street:
My friend Gary took an even better picture of it (Thanks, Gary!). See the clamshell motif?
In the next image, I love the people, and the wall behind them almost as much. Hmm, I could just print this photograph onto fabric, and follow the rock lines with freemotion quilting...
OK, you're sick of looking at rocks. There were also startling color schemes. Here's my glorious friend Maria, in front of an almost-as-glorious bougainvillea.
|Thank you, Maria and Dave, for organizing such a fantastic vacation!|
A golden street corner:
(Later, in the Dali Museum, I spotted a collage which echoed that corner's colors:
A yummy gazpacho, which I'd just about finished when a golden visitor wafted down into it.
Below, a wall that looks like an island map. The window shades are a deep forest green....
And speaking of green and blue....
Sorry, that was more rocks. Don't get me even started on the inspiration at the Salvador Dali museum. One of Dali's famous pieces, "50 Abstract Paintings," made in 1962, is totally quilt-ish:
OK, not totally. It's hiding distorted images of a Bengal tiger and Lenin (the Russian dictator, not John the Beatle). The layout reminded me of a less edgy but no less enthralling 1970 quilt, "Falling Blocks", made by quilting engineer Ernest Haight of Nebraska.
(Read about Haight here. He has nothing to do with Spain.) And I'm also singling out the Dali painting below because it's embellished with...yes, I believe those are dangling ESPADRILLES.
Bless you, Dali, for giving me permission to hang shoes from my quilts! How about flip-flops dangling from a beach-themed quilt?
Will you be quilting your summer vacation?