This picture was taken in central Pennsylvania, where I grew up. The rolling hills are so lovely there and the lavender mountains were always there in the background, something I never really noticed until I moved to Maryland and there weren’t any. I miss them terribly. Now when we drive back home, I watch all the scenery go by my window and I try to soak every minute of it in.
As I’ve been making this palette I’ve been dreaming of fixing up the little church and making it my studio. What an inspiring view of the valley I would have! I could build a little deck off the back and have coffee and paint the sunset. But I have these fantasies about every derelict old structure we see, from something relatively intact like this church, to the house I used to pass on my way to work that had nothing left but its stone shell. Something in me just wants to save them. Because someone else put so much of themselves into making them. If I retire a billionaire, I will save old houses for fun and sell them to people who will love them. But anyway, the quilt…
I was in the mood for a very low-volume quilt this week. Nice and soothing. So I based the quilt on the white and greys of the church and added the chartreuse and ginger just as little accents. And I would bind it with this Chicopee print.
Aren’t these foxes wonderful? I can totally picture them slinking around in this scene. I had never heard of Sarah Watts before, but I love her Timber & Leaf collection! I would sew a big piece of these guys into the back of this quilt.
And it would remind me of home.