Little by little this quilt built itself. I knew I wanted to print on fabric again and got out my linocut library: linoleum blocks I had carved for previous projects. The women called to me, so I put the other plants and birds and teapots away and just waited for them to speak. They didn't. Then one did. I had carved her for the 1995 collaboration with Anne Schwartzburg Stevens, Tidal Poems. A woman wading in the water on a windy day. I printed her again, this time in black, on a variety of hand-dyed and treated cottons. Ice dye, tie dye, decoloured, crumple dye, and on a few commercially printed scraps.
Having just seen an article about Louise Bourgeois's paintings, I had ordered the catalogue, and studied the paintings for composition ideas. Another circle quilt, maybe. No, an egg. The egg became a matryoshka (Russian nesting) doll, and the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. The tide was coming in, bringing together the title and concept.