I've used Hopi and Pueblo pottery designs as inspiration for the quilting. Here's one of the border cornerstones. I'll use this bird in all four of them.
|The photo flash washed out the vivid jewel tones, but the shine in the thread makes it more noticeable.|
And here's some of the border design. I like the scroll with the bird head and the variety of designs throughout the scroll.
I have several newsprint pads for scribbling ideas. Typically, I've have 5 or more pages before I find a design I'd like to use. Here are a few of mine for this project. The top zigzag design is used in my dark purple fabric in the photo above. None of the others have been used so far.
I've come up with a neat design to quilt the applique blocks. Now I just need to find that piece of paper. My sewing room is clean, but I've moved that design somewhere when I started thinking of the details of making it happen.
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