I survived the challenge, and a challenge it turned out to be! I jumped out of my comfort zone and enjoyed experimenting. I'm not totally happy with any of my quilts, but I had fun with the process. I couldn't get the imagery of a "volcano" out of my mind, so most of my designs focus on lava flowing through the lush forests of Hawaii. The sharp contrast of the hot lava and the vegetation is amazing. The beautiful islands were formed by what seems so destructive on the personal scale. The heat and fire bring forth new land and life. What a metaphor for so much of our existence.
Here are a few more of my experiments as I tried to capture the contrast of life, destruction and the hope of rebirth: