In all of the craziness of this past season, starting our business, completing our first client renovation, moving out of our house and into the Airstream, and getting back on the road...it was hard to see the end. It was fuzzy. I couldn't believe it was actually going to happen - that my days as a traveler were no longer over, they were beginning again.
When Laura of @vacilandoquilting asked if I'd be willing to collaborate on a quilt design with her, I said yes immediately. Not only do I sincerely admire her work, she's a fellow traveler and built her one-woman business out of her Airstream home.
But more than any of that, Laura asked me to design based on a memory, a feeling, a landscape - that inspired me.
I chose Goldpan, a tiny provincial park in British Columbia, a high desert landscape much like the one where this photograph was taken a few days ago.
I'll forever be drawn to the desert, the colors and lines, though it doesn't define me, it's a part of me. When I see this quilt and pull it up to my chin at night, I am reminded of that night at Goldpan, where the hot dry wind pushed through the canyon, and I felt so alive that it nearly hurt.
Being back on the road, seeing these places again, feeling so alive it hurts - is what this quilt represents. It seems only fitting that our five-month collaboration happened during the time of transition, through the final months and stretches to our reimagined dream.
Follow the link in my profile to read more about the Birch & Pine x Vacilando Quilting collaboration on the Birch & Pine Quilt (and get one for yourself, there are only four!!).