I started this in a Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts workshop taught by Gyleen Fitzgerald that Joyce and I took together here in Portland. Joyce and I exchanged pieces of fabric scraps and sliced them into strips prior to the class. Gyleen’s approach made the class a lot of fun. Joyce and I really enjoyed it and were secretly proud when she named us the renegade members of the class.
I used Kona’s zucchini color for the solid to set the exuberant strip pieces against. As I flew around Portland one morning taking the last photos of quilts two days before my show, when I passed one of the Facing the Crowd bronze face sculptures by Michael Stutz outside Jeld Wen Field, I had a sudden inspiration that this quilt just wanted to have fun sticking out its tongue. I knew Gyleen would appreciate this choice.
An interesting side note is that I finished this quilt during the week of vacation we were supposed to spend at Prineville Reservoir last June, but Blaine’s sudden illness and hospitalization derailed that plan. Making the quilt was my way of healing from my fear and worry that surfaced during that episode. I guess you could say the quilt represents the celebration of healing in our whole family.