Saturday, June 18, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I am late with my quilt (sorry Judy) as I did all the quilting on this arty farty photograph of half a red cabbage and was pleased with the finished result. I thought I had bottom line thread in my bobbin but I found out it was washaway when I sprinkled the quilt with water before its final pressing. Arrgh!#*#
AND why is it called red cabbage when its clearly purple??
Each year Judy has a great vegetable garden which always include a crop of courgettes/ zucchinis. Some of the crop always grows a little bigger and my family becomes the beneficiary of a couple of the larger ones. I have a delicious recipe for stuffed zucchini which we always enjoy so here is my 'harvest' quilt to thank Judy for our Yearly Treat. Ngaire
Sunday, June 5, 2011
The quilt’s story, perhaps a more appropriate title would be “Rescued from Fate Unknown”
The starting point: a photo of some large red crab apples. Inspiration: a magazine article on free motion machine quilting written by Jenny Bowker. Unfortunately my attempt fell far short, the proportions were totally wrong. What to do without sacrificing all that quilting?
Help came from two different sources. Firstly, a TV programme on Chinese garden design and the way circular openings in stonewalls are used to frame a particular view. Secondly, a magazine article about the use of watercolour pencils in quilt making. To complete the rescue I reprinted the apples and appliquéd them in place.
This is far from the original concept, but may be, a fair compromise under the circumstances.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Hay Bales at Harvest time in the Cotswolds. Lots of activity and hard work and to see the fields scattered with hay bales was always a wonderful sight when I was growing up.
If any one has read Lark Rise to Candleford you will know what I mean!