Saratoga Ovals 12 x 9
Machine applique, machine quilting, commercial batik, organza
When I traced, cropped, and rotated this photo to decide what to do with it, the only thing I found interesting was the oval shape of the basin, and the swirl of light and dark made by colors in the stone and the pattern of light and shadow. I decided to make the piece a study in the repetition of that simple shape, contrasting it with the vertical of the base and the smaller vertical water spout.
I considered using the herringbone pattern of the brick as a quilting design, but although I like the pattern and it stands out in the photo, it didn't seem to play well with the ovals, so I just echoed the ovals and the vertical design of the fountain base in stitching. The spacing of the applique pieces wasn't planned carefully, and when I added more quilting I was pleasantly surprised by the pattern formed by the interlocking stitched ovals. Sometimes you get lucky!