I started this quilt some months ago.
It started firstly with me buying a few sets of fat quarters in oranges and navy from a friend who was de-stashing. I liked the way the orange and navy seemed to change somehow when paired together - I don't tend to go much for either colour on their own, but together... yum!
I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, so I thought I'd start with some flying geese. At this point I'd never used spray starch (OMG, the revelation!) but I was keen to give triangles a bit of a go. I'd not enjoyed them a whole lot because I hadn't heard of this little thing called starch, so I could never get them quite right; they were always just a little wriggly and warped.
As I played with them, I found it becoming very traditional-feeling, which isn't really my style with my quilts. In an attempt to pull it back from the edge of tradition, I threw in a couple of yards of cream solid and suddenly the dynamic shifted again. Perfect!
I put them aside for a while. I still wasn't sure what I was doing with them. I put the basic top together and started to muse on ways to quilt it. Stuck for an idea for the geese (I don't dig feathers either) I thought I'd put some script on the cream strips, and googled some poetry. At this point my friend Friday had recently moved into a new place and I'd been thinking I might give it to her as a (late) housewarming gift. Nice!
Now, Friday and I have been online friends for about 16 years now. Amazing, I know! We "met" on blogdrive, when we were both on the favourites list, getting crazy numbers of hits and writing like crazy things. I wrote about knitting, she wrote about life, and coming through adversity. I thought a phoenix theme would suit her, would suit what I know of her as a person. And maybe those pesky geese could becoming phoenixes... hm! So, on went the poem. I got the author's permission and I was in business.
I marked the fabric with a couple of basic lines separating the sections into thirds, but the writing itself is entirely freehand with no marking. Pays to have a background in calligraphy - all those years dealing with brides and their mums finally reaps some benefit! ;)