As I was struggling to move toward abstraction, a friend advised me to select a theme or motif, then make a quilt that was largely representational, then one that was semi-abstract. Finally try for a very abstract piece that nevertheless retained the key elements of the motif. I love Autumn and its colors, so I selected pumpkins and red maple leaves as my autumn motif. The first quilt was done using Ruth McDowell's precision piecing techniques. The third was done in a Sue Benner workshop, where Sue had us seek inspiration for our abstracts from artists whose work we admired. Karen Rosasco's paintings served as my inspiration.