For those who have been dying to get a good look at the official Sedona Star photo, here it is, photographed by Gregory Case. Click the photo to see it full size!
Yesterday I told you about the great synchronicity between Valerie Giles' version of Sedona Star, inspired by the colours of The Red Centre in Australia, and the colours of Sedona, Arizona, which are both very spiritual locations. It seemed to me that there is a lot of potential for synchronicities in the design, with its reference to Sedona, and the repetition of the number nine throughout the quilt. I have speculated about the potential meaning of it all previously, but I thought it was time to get the real story from the designer herself, Sarah Vedeler.
I asked her about the significance of "Sedona" in the title, and what was up with all the nines? Here's her reply:
"As for there being 9 of pretty much everything... I created 2 initial designs (very basic outlines) that I submitted to Ricky and Alex to see what they thought. One had 8 points, the other had 12 points. The 12 point one was too big - so I started to shrink the design and play with the number of points to see what would work. 9 points did the trick!
"So there's really nothing very mysterious about it!!!"
LOL! Isn't that great?! I guess when you send your design out into the world, you never know what meanings people will give to it. Thanks Sarah!
Like Valerie, my colourway also developed a lot more meaning for me than may have been originally intended. I am 100% in favour of pretty things whose only purpose is to make you happy when you look at them. However, I also think that if your design develops additional meanings, be they spiritual or simply happy memories, that can only add to the overall joy in the quilt. For me, joy is the only reason to make a quilt, and anything that increases that is a good thing!
I know it is ridiculous for me to keep talking about a colourway no one has seen yet, but I really am still waiting for fabric! Although I didn't change my mind about the colours, I did change my mind about the fabric, so that is the reason for all this delay. But, with so many TQS members managing to finish each month in a few days, I don't think I am that far behind. I'll be caught up soon enough!