Santa Fe is my favorite U.S. city. I visit it often, and am always intrigued by the colorful doors of the adobe homes. I always want to know what's inside.
Santa Fe residents favor the color blue, which no doubt, is in honor of the deep blue of the glorious Santa Fe sky. Door colors range from soft periwinkle to bright turquoise to deep blue. No two doors are alike, and all serve as a welcome to those who pass by.
The city is known for its abundant gardens, and behind each door is a courtyard, often filled with beds or pots of various blooming flowers that thrive in the Santa Fe climate. Flower filled pots sit atop the adobe walls that separate the courtyard from additional buildings. Frequently, a string of red peppers hangs from the colorful door.
After taking a class from Laura Wasilowski, I fused hand dyed fabric using Wonder Under and cut the pieces freehand. I designed the quilt as it evolved in my mind. Each piece was appliquéd onto a hand dyed background fabric. Additional hand dyed and batik fabrics were prepared in the same manner and used for plants and details. I used a batik fabric for the walkway and then individually cut and appliquéd a border of stones from the batik fabric and placed them along each side of the entrance garden. The quilt was finished with hand embroidery (a new technique for me that I am exploring) and machine quilting.