A week ago I flew to Italy to spend time with my son. Jes lives in Germany (military). We try to meet up a few times a year and visit new places. He had discovered the Chagall Museum in Nice, France and knew I would love to go. After a few days in Milan, we boarded the train and found a hotel in Cannes. Awesome, right!?!
The museum was just perfect. Amazing art:
In 2016 I was part of a Bible Study. We learned about Women of the Bible and each made a quilt with blocks representing 40 women. I pushed mine into an art quilt and didn't always follow the directions, but my friends kept me in the group and welcomed my creativity!
I won't bore you with 40 blocks, but will share a few of my favorites.
For Delilah I used a lock of my daughter's hair and an old pair of scissors I had kept from childhood:
Rachel and Leah features my Barbie Doll wedding dress from 50 years ago. My mom made the dress and accessories.
The Eve block is made from a hand towel a friend gave me. It came from Germany.
One of my favorites is the Joanna block. I like to think that she had her dog at her side as she followed Jesus, and just what is in that picnic basket?
My husband likes Esther's block. I think he likes the colors, although he is colorblind and I am not really sure what he sees!
Women of the Bible is currently hanging on the wall in our dining room.
A "slow stitch" project is one that you take your time and enjoy the process. In my case, this little quilt has become a VERY slow stitch quilt. It got tucked away over a year ago and just came out of the box for today. Maybe with butterfly season upon us, it will get worked on again.
When I first starting saving all of my tea bags, my husband just rolled his eyes and put up with it. We now have a system of saving and drying that includes adding the tea to our compost bucket. This little quilt also has some tissue papers, stamping and stenciling. This was the perfect project for the girl who has trouble throwing anything away!
"Crane Lake" quilt used a combination of rusted fabric and stamped fish (paint). The down side of rusting fabric is that it will continue to decay the fabric and at some point will begin to fall apart. Not a big deal, I'm enjoying it for the present...
I have a few old quilts that were made by my grandmother and great grandmother. My grandma Helen helped me make my first quilt back in 1972. It was a 4H project. It is still in my collection and every now and then, I bring it out for a trunk show to show just how far I've come...