My grandmother, on the other hand, was the daughter of a Norwegian sea captain.
The simple geometry of nordic design is extremely appealing, however, I've borrowed from in for many years already, particularly in my knitting-
So, instead, I'm *again* returning to tradition from the country of my birth, Japan.
Both my parents were entranced by the history and culture of Japan- here's my mom, pregnant with me, and one of her attempts at ikebana-
This is literally the first view of the outside world that I had in my life, the world through our living room window-
A quilt from this idea already exists, it's called Momoko, after my birth name. Such a fat, pink fuzzy baby had never before been seen, and mom put me in the window for all the curious neighbors to see, who began calling me little peach - momoko in Japanese.
The piece is of Kanaka-san, my mother's helper, sitting contemplatively by their window.
I used raw silk that mom had acquired there as the "wallpaper", stenciled with peaches, and an actual overdyed cotton hakata for her robe.
I think I'll borrow another Japanese tradition for this challenge- it's spring, with all the tumultuous weather typical of the high desert- it brings to mind haiku.
The tiny green buds of the trees are especially inspiring against the stormy gray sky- perhaps I can start there. What do you think?