Well, I’m finished! Here’s the completed “There’s no place like home” quilt for July:
It’s a little hard to see the drawings on the final quilt, but in person and in detail the effect is quite delicate. In as much as orange and blue can be delicate!
Click the image above to see a larger version – you’ll get most of the detail on the bigger shot.
Here’s how the whole thing came about:
First, throwing the fabric all over the table. Always a good start!
Doing some drawings on the fabric. I was trying to decide how dark the pen lines should be, and in the end I didn’t go for the darker, sharpie pen drawings.
I drew benches, chairs, lamps and windows (very home-y things to me), coffee pots, a cup and some knitting (of course!), a dog – my dog (who I miss dreadfully), and then, on the blue fabric, I drew our heavy luggage, these bags we have lived out of for three months and whose weight we will soon – oh soon! – be able to put down.
Oiling Mom’s old sewing machine, checking that it worked (hurrah, love those old machines), and sewing away! I put down the main image of me, cooking, and constructed the open window image first. Then the rest of the quilt was designed around those two ‘anchors’.
I even had to be called twice for dinner (aside: isn’t it nice to visit your parents and not to have to do the cooking? Ahh.)
Sewing late into the night.
Stitching in the car on the 5-hour drive through the mountains to Vancouver.
… and sewing in the hotel room two days before we fly from Vancouver to Auckland, and then… to HOME, Melbourne.
put the coffee on, honey – we’re home!