It was such fun to see the positive reaction to this quilt, both here and on Facebook!
I made it at least 13 or 14 years ago. We were living in San Diego and I had been quilting for about 3 years. I found this pattern in a book written by two talented women and I’m pretty sure I bought the book just for the pattern. It was designed by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. I loved the colors and the pansies and the unique design of the individual blocks. It hung on the wall in our living room.
When we moved to our cottage, we hung it on the wall above the stairway landing and there it stayed for a few years. But then the hanger fell off the wall and I decided to retire it for a while. All of this was pre-blogging, so that’s why you’ve never seen it.
I hand quilted it, deliberately using half circles that were far from uniform. I think this was inspired by the quilt’s designers, who also quilted it this way. This was early in my quilting days and I don’t think I would have thought to go free-form without their inspiration.
What makes this striking, besides the gorgeous purples, pinks, yellows and greens, is the addition of several black and white nine patches. I love the way they break up the pattern, providing a graphic punch to the design.
We have very little unoccupied wall space at home. Our cottage has an abundance of windows, which we love, but which also work to break up all the walls. So a lot of my quilts are folded up and stacked on the cupboard in the spare bedroom. But, gosh, I love this quilt. It’s my all time favorite….along with the quilt top I made the last time I was in Hartford. I will be hand quilting that one while I’m here.
Rehearsals have started. For the first few days, we are working with the actors who play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. We’re reading the text and talking about the characters. Both actors are intense and committed and have lots of ideas and questions, which makes for a lively discussion.
By the way, Don has a short interview about Pygmalion here. He mentioned me at the end but they cut that part.
Well, I never!
Anyway, thought you might enjoy hearing his voice. I sure do.
A little view of one of my garden beds, taken just before I left for Hartford:
That butterfly bush has really grown. It’s about 5 feet tall and I planted it a mere two years ago!
Missing my garden, my guy and my little girl.
Today is my Mom’s 86th Birthday.