My commute is a 30-minute drive from my home in the Rocky Mountains – I live at about 9,000 feet – down the “hill” to Golden, Colorado. The drop of some 3,000 feet means driving through a range of terrain and often, a variety of weather. I can leave home in bright sun, above the clouds, then drive through the clouds and mist into more sun. All along the way, there is a feast of light and shadow playing off the blue sky and green pines. In designing my quilt block – Point, Counterpoint – I wanted to capture that kaleidoscopic range of light and dark, blue and green highlighted by golden rays.
The Rocky Mountains team with life – with plants and streams, with birds and mammals as small as voles and deer mice and as large elk and moose. And there are the indigenous bighorn sheep, the males with their massive curved horns standing sentinel above the tunnels carved from rock. Nothing stands still. There is something new to see each day. I wanted my block to speak to that motion, the cycle of life where I live.
Those who know me know I love to foundation piece. In fact some would say I will jump through hoops to turn most any quilt pattern in a foundation-piecing project. You’ll find my block on page 37 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Best Blocks, right in the middle of the section of foundation-pieced blocks. I chose fabrics from the Stonehenge Collection from Northcott for two reasons: I’d been admiring a stack of fat quarters from this collection for weeks, and there are so many wonderful fabrics in the collection, I could find the full range of blues, greens and golds I wanted. And you have to love the touch of metallic gold that glints off this fabric much like the sun sparkles off Clear Creek, the mountain stream that carved the route I commute.