“Reach” was a challenging challenge word for me! I considered “reaching a goal” and also that wonderful song by Diana Ross, “Reach Out and Touch.” But somehow images inspired by those didn’t translate into a quilt for me.
During the recent eclipse of the sun by our moon, I started to pay special attention to that amazing moon. And the recent harvest moons have been breathtakingly beautiful! Then I remembered something someone once told me. If, when the moon is full, you go outside, close one eye, and position your hands just so, you can reach up and “hold the moon in your hands.”
That notion inspired my quilt. I found an excellent free clip-art image of cupped hands. After printing it, I traced it onto flesh-colored fabric. Then I cut my moon out of mottled gold batik.
I couldn’t find a dark blue, night-sky-looking fabric in my stash, so I decided to paint some PDF fabric for the background. Once the fabric dried, I sandwiched it with batting and, for the backing, a wonderful commercial print of planets. The cupped hands and the moon are fused and appliquéd by machine onto the background. I added some gently curving lines of quilting. This 12”x12” quilt was bound conventionally with more of the background fabric. The planet-fabric backing is pictured below.