Monday, December 22, 2008

Something old, something new....

The cot quilt which has been dominating my blog recently is finally finished and ready to go to its new home. I have only quilted around the outside of the blocks, and in the borders.
Here are a couple more of my earlier works, featuring (naturally!) hand dyed fabric. This is "Out of Africa". My daughter Sophie and her then boyfriend, who was born in South Africa, went there for a holiday about 5 years ago. I asked her to bring me back some fabric as my Christmas present. When I opened the parcel, I found polycotton large scale animal prints which were clearly curtaining fabrics, and not what I was expecting.

I pondered for a while about what I could do with them so as to not hurt her feelings. Then one day I had an idea - I pulled out a number of "earthy" hand dyes from my stash (I had not long since bought my dye business, which included fabric) and made this simple desgin which I think works well.
This quilt, "Home is where the heart is", was chosen by an Australian magazine (can't remember which one though) to be published as a pattern. They called it "Oamaru Cottage" (I lived in one at the time), and I had to send it to the publishers in Sydney to be photographed. It's reversible, with the seams on the right side. Now this is not an unusual style for flannels, but this quilt is made with plain cottons and cotton batting. It's very warm and snuggly.


Vicki W said...

The cot quilt is adorable!

teodo said...

All these quilts are wonderful........the last is amazing
I love it very much.

Julie said...

Beautiful quilts Shirley. Hope you have a good holiday season.

Emmy said...

I love your quilts