I know a watercolor artist who does imaginary trips all the times. When she wants to go on holidays she decides where she wants to go, then she googles some pictures of this country or city, gets out her sketchbook and embarks on her imaginary trip, sketching the landscapes and sights of her destination until she is ready to come back. I think this is a great idea. You can have as many trips as you like – no budget restraints, no weather problems (you even can create your own), no foreign languages to deal with. You simply decide to do it and off you go.
Maybe it is a little easier to do this with a sketchbook, a pen and some watercolors. But you can do it with a quilt as well.
My niece is at the Bahamas at the moment sunbathing and snorkling and having a great time. And I have to say that I’m a little bit green of envy. Especially for the snorkling part. So I decided to go “imaginary snorkling” – making my own underwater paradise quilt.
I found a great piece of fabric with colorful fish in abundance. This would be my snorkling area. And then I got two pieces of solid colored fabric to go with the fish (purple and green). I cut the fish fabric vertically into broad strips and the purple and the green fabric in thin strips. I joined a purple and a green strip lengthwise, sewed them together and ironed them to make one strip with a green and a purple side (right sides out). I sewed those purple-green strips between the fishy strips and ironed them all to one side, a little further down to the other side, then back again, and so on, to indicate the waves. Top finished! Some solid colored border or just a binding. Some quilting.
And now my underwater paradise is on the wall and the perfect companion through the hot summer months. Will see which imaginary journey I will take in the fall.
If you decide to do an imaginary journey as well show us your quilt on our facebook page (click here). We are looking forward to seeing where you are going for a vacation.