Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Grandma's Garden




I began this quilt in May when Sujata came to Ithaca, New York, for a two day workshop. The inspiration was a one yard panel of sunflowers and lilies that reminded me of my mother's watercolor paintings. Once I began cutting and sewing, the lattice design reminded me of the chain link fence that surrounded my grandmother's South Buffalo flower garden; hence the name Grandma's Garden. I followed Sujata's example and hand quilted with perle cotton because I love the tactile nature of Sujata's hand quilting. I had planned to tie it as well, but decided it didn't need it.


This quilt now adornes the wall in my kitchen which has been bare since we moved in 12 years ago. Although I hadn't planned it, it really was made for this spot. I had tons of fun making this quilt and I am thrilled every time I look at. Thank you Sujata for teaching me that it is ok to "color outside the lines" when it comes to quilting. 

6 comments:

  1. You need to take a photo with the quilt on the wall for full impact. Great job and Grandma Okie would be so pleased.

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  2. You quilt sure looks like a water color painting! I love.the way you ended up setting your blocks. In the thumbnail it looks like a rose. Love the story behind it too. How perfect for it to be hanging in the kitchen and being reminded of your beloved grandma!

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  3. Such lovely garden colours here, how lovely to look at this quilt when busy in your kitchen!

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  4. Ann, this is wonderful! I remember seeing you working on it at the workshop but, of course, had no thoughts of what the finished quilt would look like. it looks to me like a French impressionist painting. I love it!

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  5. It really does look like a water color...good job

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  6. Beautiful quilt! You really have a good eye for this!

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