I would like to start this out by saying
to our son,
Enjoy your day!
As you have probably guessed....
I like to work with my hands....
Knitting, spinning, drawing, whittling and
I do try to piece and quilt on the
machine by some days I swear I
must be allergic to the machine....
it just doesn't work right!
I never seem to do as good of job in getting
things lined up as they should be....
When I hand piece or hand quilt I seem to
be in more control....
so control is the issue, huh?
I knew it had to be something!
Any way this is a wall hanging I made
about 14 years ago.
Another one that survived the many moves.
I made this on weekends when we
purchased an 1920 house (our second home)
in a village,
yes I said village,
in northern North Dakota.
That is a story for another day.
Every weekend that summer Mike and I
would take off on the 3 1/2 hour drive on
Friday after work and stay
until Sunday evening.
Riding in the car is boring, so
I decided to make a wall hanging.
(couldn't use the machine in the car, right?)
This quilt was made as I rode in the car.
I chose to do a summer scene done in appliqué.
For those of you who don't know what that is....
it is taking pieces of fabric and
hand sewing them on the main fabric.
I like to think of it as painting with fabric.
This is my traveling summer wall hanging....
It was fun to pick out the fabrics,
cut out the pieces and then decide
where I wanted to put them and
then sew it on.
There are flowers, birds, a bunny, bees,
dragonfly, butterfly and even a caterpillar!
It took quite awhile to make but
it is kind of like a long book....
you just get to enjoy it longer!
I did a blanket stitch around each of the pieces and
when I was finished I did diagonal quilting on the piece.
Every time I look at this I smile.
I brings back so many happy memories....
and that is what it should be all about....
Happy Quilting, my friends!
In art, the hand can never excute anything
higher than the heart can imagine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson