The Colours of the Caribbean

Over the years I’ve discovered the Caribbean from afar. I’ve read books and articles about the islands, seen documentaries, and drooled over friends’ holiday photos. I knew that all the islands have a different character, and were a riot of colours. That the flowers were hot pinks and reds, the foliage lush and green, the sands (generally speaking) almost white, soft and fine, and that the sea was a glorious, ever-changing shade of turquoise.

But it wasn’t until 2 weeks ago that I finally made it here for the first time and the beautiful reality of it just blew me away.

As a quilter, I love colour, and so, naturally, I was in my element! And all I’ve been thinking about for the past few weeks is how to capture the essence of the Caribbean in a quilt.

Or, indeed, in several 🙂

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Blues, aquas, turquoises

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Luscious shades of green

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Yellows and oranges

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Hot pinks, purples and reds

These photos may not even begin to do it justice, but hopefully will be enough to spark memories of the beautiful colours that we saw during our wonderful holiday.

I’m still not sure how I want to capture all this vibrancy in quilt form, but the Caribbean we saw was gloriously untamed and wild with colour, so I’m pretty sure it will be scrappy and probably quite improvisational. And thanks to an impromptu gift from the wonderful RR, I know what I’m going to use for the backing…

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And one more thing I’m sure of is that I just can’t wait  to get started!

3 responses

  1. All those lovely bright colors. I am sure something good will come of this.

  2. Elita @ Busy Needle Quilting | Reply

    Ummm. Maybe you’ll have something to inspire us for the theme of Peaks 6 – SCRAPPY HAPPY! Beautiful pictures Missus! Glad you had a great time. Looking forward to catching up soon. xx

  3. Yup. Still not jealous at all (says she, through gritted teeth). Gorgeous photies anyway 🙂

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