The name for her quilt, "Firestorm", is naturally born out of the immense tragedy she and her husband went through last year. The quilt does have some fiery gold and red hues, but as soon as I saw it in person, I was more reminded of Fall in New England than of fire. To me, it needed some other connotation that wasn't a constant reminder of the damage and destruction of a housefire. Fire, Sun and flames are great quilting motifs, but I really felt that I needed to take this quilt in a different direction.
Rather than decompose the quilt in a truly creative way, as Carla taught in her QW class, I utilized the natural lines and sections of the quilt. I chose several different types of leaf designs to quilt in the different rows. I selected two Rainbows variagated threads to use - one was more colorful and one was predominantly orange tones for the gold areas. In retrospect, the shimmery variagated threads "made" this quilt.
Above is the quilt center, which I really like. It is simple, yet it speaks for itself.
I certainly got to use Suzanne's decorated twirly feathers a bit on this quilt! And some vining leaves too.
The outer ends of the quilt have 6" squares which I placed oak leaves in. I loved getting to play with different sashing patterns. It really was a fun quilt to make.
Some decorated feathers and some plain traditional feathers. Not leaves, mind you, but fun and pretty.