A short while ago I shared with you a first peek at my new quilt, Insalata:
When I made the tomato quilts that were the featured project in my workshop DVD for Quilting Arts, From Photo to Threadwork, including fabric collage and machine quilting (see here for the DVD or here for download), I knew I had one more tomato quilt in me.
I grew up in a town called San Anselmo, California, and mom lived there until she moved to Maine in 2008. She and two friends would go out for lunch once a month, and often went to a restaurant called Insalata. So she took me there, too, when I visited. I LOVED the Chicken Fattoush salad, inspired by Lebanese and eastern Mediterranean cuisine! I also loved the artwork. The restaurant is in a building that, when I was a kid, was the Crocker National Bank. If you were alive in the 60s you remember those banks with the really high (like 2-story) ceilings! What to do to decorate the place? She painted the ceiling a dark brown, used something warm colored on the walls (don’t remember what) and had some over-sized paintings made including some of persimmons that were each larger than a beachball. The canvas wasn’t stretched, but hung from gromments/hooks on the wall; these pieces were easily 4-5 feet tall and over 12 feet wide.
Each of the tomatoes is about the diameter of a beach ball! So now I think I’ve finished with tomatoes. For the time being. Hope you enjoy! And if you like this one, please be sure to visit the slideshow on the SAQA website of the entire Food for Thought exhibit, here.