How I started.... well I have black hollyhocks in my garden every year so I wanted to commemorate them. Cherrywood Fabrics put out a challenge to make something in the spirit of Van Gogh and use their fabrics, mainly 3 blues and black. So I combined my latent hollyhock ideas into the challenge quilt.... It also has to be 20x20" and done by Aug. 1. So here it is... and the how I got there photos.
Above and below these last 2, close-ups of the finished product. Hand stitching too and French Knots!
My home is the last remaining building of a hotel from the 1880’s located in the historic Carson Springs area of TN. It has no windows on the front because it was the rear of what looked like 4 buildings built by four architects with four different visions of what a hotel should look like; pushed together in a line by a divine hand. I have photos of it from the early 1900’s with the crowds of well dressed and elegant visitors standing around the lawn and porches. I love the way the front yard drops away from the front porch in a sweeping green hill and planned to execute it in small square patches of various shades of green. But as things often go in the art world, it began to morph into something else, swaying lines of green to go with the patchwork, then trees, an orchard, a place for the chickens and finally sheep. This last addition brought to mind another favorite home of mine, my Uncle Roby Greer’s house in Todd, NC where I loved to go as a child and play with the baby lambs. That’s when I knew the name could not be Carson Springs Hotel, or Uncle Roby’s Farm, but quite obviously Where The Heart Is.
More pictures from making Where the Heart Is
What a beautiful surprise! So many flowers to enjoy this time of year...
Old roses by David Austin
OK not a flower, but fabulous architectural stems of the Horsetail, a living fossil. Its also called scouring-rush because its rough stem (due to tiny silcate deposits) makes a good scrubber for pots and pans.
wow, its 7-17-17! What a cool date! Sounds rather ancient.
OK, I have discovered a quilt artist from the UK named Laura Edgar and I love her stuff! just want to make a mention of it here, so I don't forget to keep watch out for more of her work. Love her flowers: check out these peonies.
A fun group of quilters of all ages, loved the vibrant atmosphere and sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One of the officers shares the new block for a group raffle/charity quilt. "no matter how you make YOUR quilts, these blocks need to be square and have the points MATCH." That lets me out!!!!!!!!
She is saying, "the colors looked great in theory, but I hate this!!!!"
Absolutely these look like butterflies to me!
Love a quilt with an interesting back!
Absolutely fab dancing girls from Phyllis. Dancing the hora!
Here's a good idea from the blog Diary of a Quilter: when you are making a simple quilt out of squares, charm squares perhaps, alternate with a few pieced blocks throughout the design! Its not much more work and gives it lots of visual interest!!
Love to learn a new purse! These little coin purses come from Judith-Just Jude Blogspot. I never did get the gist of her directions, but I did make 3, all different - ha ha ha!!!!!!!!
Special one for hubby, he can use it to carry his secret goodies. Notebook binder ring makes it easy to clip somewhere in the car, on a wheel chair, in a notebook, or wherever you need it. And a little fussy cutting puts his pal the helicopter front and center!
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.