Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Back to my roots

This is the first art quilt I ever made. It's called "There Are Flying Geese In The Circle Of My Life", and I made it for a Lyttelton Quilters' challenge, to make a quilt that represented me and my life. This hangs at the bottom of my stairs. Fortunately, I've got over giving my work preposterously long titles.
Not long after that, I did some quilt designing, and published a couple of patterns. Only a couple, as my pattern producer stopped doing it. This wallhanging gets lots of comments, and hangs in my living room. It looks much nicer in real life, but I can't find an actual photo of it.
I made this quilt for a male friend of mine, who didn't have much in the way of belongings after returning to NZ from overseas. Again, the actual quilt looks better than the pattern photo. It's a queen size (large double ) quilt.

Above is another queen size quilt I made for my "adopted" daughter Rachel, one of Sophie's close friends. I only made one more queen size quilt after this, for Sophie's (now former) boyfriend, Erlo. I was fed up with making things that size, and quilting them was hard on my back and shoulders.
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And in the midst of a cold raw winter's day, with the Shortest Day approaching fast, here's a lovely poppy that's brightening up my deck.

8 comments:

loulee1 said...

I like the flying geese circle. Thanks for sharing pics of you work.

Suzi-k said...

it's fun to see the evolution of your work, from the beginning! You have a wonderful sense of colour and balance, and your quirky sense of humour often shines through!

sharon young said...

WOW! I can't believe you made 3 Queen size quilts, what a labour of love.
I think your first quilt is amazing especially as it's circular. I love what you've done in the centre too.

Julie said...

Beautiful quilts - I really love the purple one and your circular quilt.

Ali Honey said...

So pleased to see some of your QUILTING work Shirley! Poppies have to be one of my very favourite flowers, probably because they are fragile and not with us for long. I have some in bud but not out yet.

Françoise said...

Lovely quilts! I've only made one queen size quilt. That was quite enough.
The poppy is gorgeous. It's one of my favourite flowers.

V-Grrrl said...

Oooh. fun.

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