The two pieces in “What the Tide Brings” series were completed in the same week but in different rooms. Tide #1 began with traditional -but also playful- log cabin blocks that build outward until the traditional grid disappears. Tide #2 uses many of the same fabrics, but block structure drops off and gives way to overlapping raw edges, reflective of the ever-returning shoreline waves. The collaged shell cluster embellishments (on both pieces) represent the treasures remaining on the beach after the tide goes back out. The rose and orange-toned fabrics are vintage traditional blue and white hand-stenciled Japanese summer yukata kimono remnants that had yellowed with age, given a 2nd life by over-dyeing. Tide #1 has machine-pieced top and employs both hand-quilting through batting and Japanese Sashiko decorative stitching on top.
(35 1/2″ Ht. x 19.5″ W.) 2005