I have bandied images of my Christmas quilt about a bit already on FB, but thought my reindeer deserved a place here too. It doesn’t photograph well as you can’t see all the shiny silvery sparkly snowflakes free motioned all around him!
I love reindeer and moose, and Christmas is my excuse to indulge my fancies. My favourite decoration as a child was a white frosted moose and it got broken. Every year I look out for one like it – no luck so far….. it looks like this except frosted, and without the ribbon if you come across one…
I have reindeer and moose soft toys and crockery, and I have made some textile decorations. This year a friend knitted me the cutest one! I’ll add pics later! I even bought a tin of biscuits from Tesco because of the reindeer on the lid!
I know, I know – I am all donkey’s tail, but I will catch up tomorrow! Good teeth run in the family!
August’s 8″ x 8″ JG depicts the journey from our home in the middle of nowhere to our holiday rental in the middle of nowhere! Keeping to the theme of time, it depicts the benevolent fracture in time that holidays are. It is more simple than the other quilts in the series, analogous to the quietude of a break from normal life. It is simply velvet, bisected by a hand-dyed cotton and echo quilted.
September’s JQ depicts the super moon of this month. It references the importance of the moon to our way of measuring time, and also harks back to a time in my own life when I was very intrigued by the cycle of the moon and how it echoed my menstrual cycle, the births of my children and, very intriguingly and markedly, the behaviour of children at the EBD school in which my husband worked.
The quilt is constructed of pieced velvet which has been stencilled and discharged, and then a ‘moon’ made up of three layers has been inserted. The moon’s layers are; Gelli-printed cotton, lightweight Lutradur, and a Lutradur-like synthetic with gold flecks in it, whose fibres I am not sure of, but it does not melt back so when, after some free-motion stitching, I applied heat, the ‘craters’ formed in the middle layer but not the top layer. I then sprayed some Brusho colours onto the top layer. Shame I don’t know what the top fibre is as I love the subtle effect.
Me and my utterly beautiful Binky in 1985
Binky and her utterly beautiful Reuben born June 8 2014
I used a piece of pink velvet that I considered to be “Meh” and two different silks that I considered to be “Yum”. I made the velvet yummy by printing, stencilling and applying some lengths of gorgeous Colinette yarns. The handbag is my current favourite style, built around a tubular metal frame. It has just two pockets – one for phone, one for camera – and is capacious. I am trying to keep the contents minimal….ha!!
A May we will never forget.