Tidal Pool Quilt Block – The Inspiration
I briefly mentioned on Monday how I found using Kim Anderson’s new fabric range, Tidal Lace, challenging, and that was part of the appeal. What do I do with a collection called Tidal Lace that is primarily a pastel palette? I don’t normally live my life in the realm of pastels, so this fabric bundle had me stumped.
My go-to neutral is bright white, but that only served to intensify the softness of this collection. It seemed to actually make it more pastel like I was living in an awful Meghan Trainor video (you know I’m all about that bass!) I stared at these fabrics for days waiting for inspiration to strike, and it would not come. It was time to take matters outside the sewing studio.
The inspiration for Kim was the coastal waters of San Francisco, so I figured I should go explore the coastal waters of Sydney! (Fun fact: Australia has more sunny beaches than any other country). I could have gone to Bondi, Coogee, Tamarama, even a ferry to Manly beach. Nah. I went to the nude beach, La Perouse. Ow! Before you even ask, yes, I got my gear off like the rest of them, and no, I didn’t get burnt … anywhere. It was a fun afternoon frolicking in the waters, sun baking and walking around the cliff rocks as the tide lapped at my heels.
I looked and I looked–at a lot of things–but still, the inspiration for this quilt would not come. It was dusk before I left; I literally shut the beach down. As I walked across the white sands away from the water, I turned around to see the moon shining, and the sun setting, both casting reflecting lights across the gentle waves. The colours! The ocean was a celestial blue, while the tips of each wave were bathed in varying pastels from reflective light bouncing across from the rocks, vegetation, beach, and sky.
In that moment, the whole day rushed back into my consciousness, and I knew exactly how to make this fabric bundle work for me. The colour story was there before me, and I thought about the many tidal pools (aka rock pools) I had walked across during the day. Each tidal pool was full of small sea life, and they were all connected by slivers of water draining between them. Combine that with the flickers of light capping the waves at dusk, and it culminated in this block I have aptly called Tidal Pool.
I raced home and began to cut and sew, as a new project and inspiration was born! I combined Kim’s collection with Kona Celestial (thank goodness for Sunday Stash #112) which gave the blocks the brooding contrast I was hoping for. I also managed to find near-enough coordinating solids for the draining and reflecting colours already in my stash! I’m wise enough to know that this block has probably been previously created, and has a name dating from 1834. That’s cool. I’m hoping though, that by adding the randomly placed lines of coordinated solids that it provides a new modernity that is uniquely me.
The inspiration was difficult to find, but it came in the most logical and likely of places. While you’re searching for yours, don’t forget to enter the AU/NZ only giveaway for a fat quarter bundle of Kim Anderson’s new range, Tidal Lace. Check out Monday’s post for details on how to do that. I’d love to see how it inspires you, even if you didn’t have to get naked to figure it out!