Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mission Accomplished

Things are moving apace down at the gardens - Heidi now has five branches covered in the doilies. Unfortunately the rain has just started coming down here today so who knows what impact this will have on her installation.I'm pleased to say I have achieved my objective of having the quilt top all put together. Its over 2m square so wasn't too easy getting a photo while it was laid out on the floor. All going well I'll have it all pinned together and ready for quilting before the weekend is out - there is always an upside to rain!No rain in sight on the quilt though - just loved this piece of embroidery will the sun rising behind the hollyhocks and butterfly. This is another piece of my Aunt's linen that I have cut up and put into the piece.The quilt has several fabrics featuring tea cups - to me they speak of friendship and the countless conversations that we have over cups of tea of coffee with our friends that are such a fundamental part of sustaining us all. My daughter has christened it "Friday Morning Coffee" as this is an important ritual for me with a group of friends I have made through the school our children attend. No Friday is complete without a get together, strong coffee and a good laugh.

Once I have it quilted I'm planning to audition having a few doilies appliqued onto the surface. I have putting them onto bags lately and I think that they just might be the finishing touch for this piece. We'll see...

3 comments:

Amy said...

Phillipa, that quilt is amazing. I think anyone would be honoured to have their embroidery used in it. I was flicking through the latest NZ quilter and thought your header looked familiar. What a great tale and equally beautiful quilt.

Paula Hewitt said...

beautiful mix of fabrics and vintage embroideries inthis quilt.

and a very interesting installation in the gardens

AL said...

Fantastic doily installation in the Bot Gardens - how lucky to live in a city that encourages art like this! Is the artist the same one M heard on the radio who knits bits and hangs them around the city? (Now there's a great idea!)

And the quilt is just beautiful - I just went 'ahh' with pleasure when i saw it. Its just lovely. And well done on the NZ quilter article. As always the photo doesn't do the quilt justice.