This is a kind of breakthrough -- at least a new direction -- me. The challenge was to make a quilt with "metallic" in it. Actually I have many fabrics with metallic print. I was happy to have a chance to use some. I made half a paper piece star -- didn't like it. Chucked it. That happened twice more and then I made a set of 18 little stars and put them together. And didn't like that either. Out it went. I decided stars weren't "in the stars" for me this time. In a fit pique I pulled out all my red fabrics that had some metallic on them and I made four 9-patch blocks, simple, plain old 9-patch. That was okay but not very interesting although I like the fagrics . So I quilted it very simply and dug through my collection of fabrics with metallic and found one with a swirly design. I cut it up into four segments and decided to applique them on with couched gold piping. This is what I came up with. And I even found a name that suits me although I will not explain the metaphor that is intended. The name is "Trumpiana". I have never made a truly abstract expressionist quilt before. I think it's far from perfectly executed but actually it makes me feel good. I expresses what has been on my mind. I wish the photo were better but I don't have a camera that will make it better. I think this is a new direction for me, already I'm thinking of making one that's in blue fabrics (mostly without metallic designs. I don't know if it will be another 9-patch or something else traditional with something untraditional about it. But I have a name in mind already so they can be a pair so I'll definitely try to make it the same sizes with is about 40x44. More on that score in the indefinite future.
The mid-70s are a surprise! Part of me remains in the 50s -- age, I mean, not decade of 20th century. It's a joy ride, new experiences land in my lap and I've become a better quilter, poet, writer than I expected. It's a rich life for a person never rich financially. Hey, this is what the mid-70s are like!