I began with the sampler on which I'm working for my friends' 40th wedding anniversary this spring. They aren't big Internet users and don't read my blog, but to be safe I'll show you only a wee glimpse:
|From "Atlantic Seaboard Sampler" by Jeannette Douglas|
This took up a good chunk of my morning today. After a lunch of home-made veggie soup and whole wheat-rye bread, I decided to finish off the last two "A" blocks for Easy Street. That done, I laid out a "B" block to see what it looks like.
My first thought? That's a whole lotta green!
I'm hoping things balance out once I start to put them together into the top!
To rest my eyes (!) I decided to audtion fabrics and a layout for a new piece, based on a photo I took a couple of years ago down at Northbow Lodge, while I was there on a quilting retreat. (Note: it's a fly-fishing haven in the summer, and a quilter's delight in the 'off season'. Home-made quilts on every bed, terrific food and scenery to die for. If you ever get a chance to visit, DO!)
|Original Photo Inspiration for "Sentinels"|
Fabric audition includes hand-dyed fabric (sky), batting (very white snow areas), and commercial fabrics, all used on the "wrong" side. The stark line from centre left down to bottom right indicates where the fence and power poles will be applied. There'll be a lot of hand embroidery and thread painting before this one is the way I'll want it...and I want it as part of the Lacombe show and sale in mid-April; hence starting now. Estimated finished size: about 20" wide x 30" long.
See? Told ya I'm starting to work larger! ;-)