Allotment Gardens, Early Spring
70” x 83”
cotton fabric, batting, thread
Walking in High Park in Toronto at that time of year when we long for spring, just around the corner, I passed the allotment gardens. They were still frozen that day, but their promise was what attracted me. They were just waiting for the sun. The many different fabrics, solid and print, nod at the slap-dash nature of the communal gardens, where all kinds of sticks and pieces support summer’s tomatoes. The heavy quilting represents the heavily worked soil, ready for produce to grow in rows. The snow fence (my personal favourite), tipping along the edges. Ramshackle and lovely.