Now you MAY think that, as an art quilter and someone who is always trying out new techniques, I am not interested in traditional crafts. Not so. I have just bought these little handkerchiefs from a local Op (=Thrift) Shop - someone has taken the trouble to crochet around the edges. Not something that is done nowadays. They cost me 20 cents each. In my living room, I have this lovely crocheted cotton tablecloth. Click on the photo to get a closer look at what I'm reading!
In the big oak china cabinet, I have a couple of drawers like this....I just adore old embroidered stuff.
One of my personal philosophies is a variation of "what goes around, comes around". I say "take help when you need it, and give it when you don't". My daughter Sophie has got involved with the refugee resettlement programme as a a volunteer. She has been assigned to help an Eritrean family, and they have just moved out of the camp into a state house. She is loving her dealings with the family, and all the other Eritreans they know that come around to the house, and has asked me to make them a quilt.
I wanted a quick, easy but effective design, so I chose "trip Around The World" - a very appropriate design, I thought. I had this commercial fabric which I used as the base, and then dyes some matching fabrics to go with it.
For the dyers - lime green made from Sun Yellow with a dash of Turquoise; Dark Green; Sun Yellow withsome Tangerine; Emerald green; and Sapphire Blue.
I put the fabrics into a hot wash and went out for half an hour or so. When I came home, the washing machine plug had fallen out enough to stop the machine, so I fear there have been colour bleeds into the yellow and lime. If so, I'll do some more.
More photos coming!