Ash in Autumn
By Suzanne Riggio
When I was recovering from surgery one October, I lay in bed looking out the window. The view was this breathtaking ash tree clad in glorious yellow. After I found a wonderful quote about “Autumne” by Spenser, I decided to depict the scene in an art quilt.
I found a blue reminiscent of the fall sky and proceeded to use painted fusibles, beads, ribbons, yarns, cords, painted netting, and lots of embroidery stitches to render a crazy version of the overwhelming yellow. I made 2 “windows” in black yardage to lay over the yellow pieces and proceeded to paint lace in that same yellow hue. I overlaid the lace on lamé letters to quote Spenser and sewed them down.
Then I put the project away among a stack of fabrics on a table. Much later, when I needed a small chunk of black for something else I was working on, I reached into this stack and unknowingly whacked off a corner of my Ash in Autumn quilt top.
How can I save this quilt?