Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Our Orchard Home
Hand dyed and commercial cottons, fused,
hand embroidered, machine quilted.
18.75" x 15"
Click and then click again for an extreme close up view of those tiny French knots.
Bonnie, who lives in New Zealand, asked for a design that would reflect their home on a pear and apple orchard. My first inclination was big apples and pears, but then I thought again, and put more emphasis on the home aspect and that felt better, so I began anew.
Looking at my series of quilts with house shapes gave me the necessary configuration and I expanded the size in both directions. The stylized or abstracted pear and apple trees were simplified down to the barest essentials. And then the small dots on the left are my 'flowers'. French knots are the apples and the multicolor leaves on the tall pear trees.
To return to the house and tree motifs was so satisfying and once again, I think doing this Make Me a Quilt thing it just what I needed.
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