My quilt was inspired not only by our theme this time, but also by Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall.”
First, the theme word: in the current political climate, boundaries, specifically WALLS, have been all-too prominent, in my opinion! Even more specifically: building walls. So what about showing a crumbling wall (or a wall like the Berlin Wall being dismantled)?
Now the poem: the most quoted line from Frost's poem is “Good fences make good neighbors,” but ironically, and sadly, that is NOT the poem’s theme! Rather, the point Frost is making through his speaker (a man and his neighbor are mending a rock wall) is that fences, walls, boundaries do NOT make good neighbors, but rather, isolate us and prevent us from fostering friendships or even mending fractured relationships. That famous or infamous line is spoken by the neighbor, who unlike the speaker, feels that it's important to repair the wall between their two farms.
And so as soon as I heard what our challenge word was this time, I immediately decided to base it on Frost’s poem. Something happened to me that has never happened before: I had an instant mental image of my quilt. I started to sketch it, but then I thought, “Why? Why not just jump in and design without a penciled sketch?” (I think that Carolyn often uses this method of “jumping in and cutting”! Forgive me, Carolyn, if I’ve not described accurately the method you sometimes use!)
I pulled fabrics from my stash, including the rocks fabric, applied Wonder Under to them, and then began cutting out components. For the background sky and grass, I used a technique learned in a workshop with Sue Benner, and that is, using narrow strips of multiple fabrics.
I cut the wall from the rock fabric and then free-hand cut a gap in the wall. I cut out smaller pieces of this and other fabrics to compose the pile of fallen rocks. All these pieces were then fused down to a background.