|Cela 107, Evora, Portugal|
When the word "cell" was announced, I knew exactly what my quilt would be. In 2012, my husband and I celebrated our 52nd anniversary with a trip to Portugal and Spain. Just days before we left, I learned that a distant grandmother in my family lineage immigrated from Portugal. This made the trip even more interesting for me. While there, I became fascinated with their beautiful, intricate porcelain creations, all in the same color combination: blue, yellow and white. A feature of our tour included lodging in pousadas - historic buildings converted into country inns that are run by the Portuguese and Spainish governments. On our last nights in Portugal we stayed in the town of Evora at a pousada that was originally a 15th century monastery. Our room, an actual monk's cell, was Cell #107.
|Close-up of Our Cell Number|
Like many of the walls we saw, porcelain tile separates the top and bottom portions of the wall in my quilt. The flowers across the top represent the various floral motifs dominating many of the art pieces we viewed. I used hand-dyed fabric for the top portion of the wall and the door, and batiks for the bottom of the wall and the tile floor. The door stoop is silk.
I made a second quilt for the back. It is covered in photographs we took in Evora. They include a photo of the door to our cell with a photo of the actual cell number sign, a photo of the inside of our room, the front of the monastery, and the Roman Temple of Diana located barely outside the entrance to the monastery. On each side of the temple are photos of the Cathedral and the University of Evora, where we enjoyed a musical performance by students. I am a novice machine quilter and experimented with free-motion quilting on this piece.