Quilt Inspiration – I made this quilt to commemorate our 30th wedding anniversary trip to Venice. Blue and red seem to be the traditional colors of Venice-gondaliers wear blue-and-white or red-and-white striped shirts. The traditional carnival masks tend to use a red or blue diamond patterns, so I knew those would be the predominant colors in the quilt.
Quilt Inspiration – This Burano Sampler quilt was inspired by the many colorful houses on the island of Burano in the Venetian Lagoon. Each of the houses on Burano is painted a different bright shade, so that as you are walking through the town, it feels like you are in the middle of a big box of crayons.
This was one of the first quilts I started, and many years later, once the kids were off to college and I had more time, it was also one of the first quilts I finally finished. It also taught me that there can still be beauty in imperfection, even if the mistake is huge.
One of the Rothschilds giraffes at Nairobi’s Giraffe Center checks out the other side of my African inspired quilt. Couldn’t tell if he liked it or not.
Quilt Inspiration – I found this original African fabric panel at a quilt show and knew I would need to use it in my African inspired quilt as a colorful reminder of my first trip to Africa. On that first trip, I only took the quilt top to photograph due to space and luggage weight limitations. On that Africa trip I also bought a batik panel at one of the road side vendors which I used on the back of the quilt. By the time I went back to Africa on my most recent trip, the quilt was finished and I took it back with me so I could photograph it complete on location. Continue reading “‘This Is Africa” – Original Quilt Design”
My son: “You know mom, the wall in your grandson’s room would look really good with a quilt hanging on it”.
How could I ignore a hint like that.
Like my treasured Christmas ornaments, my Christmas quilt comes out once a year. When it finally hangs on my family room wall, then I know that the Christmas season has finally begun. And like many of my quilts, I made the back interesting so that I can display it also.
This reversible crib quilt uses some of the Elizabeth Hartman quilt designs on both sides of the quilt.
Original Quilt Design – As we were planning our trip to Kenya and Tanzania, I knew I wanted to memorialize it with some type of Africa inspired quilt, and photograph it on location in Africa.
Dutchman’s Puzzle quilt photographed with the Dutchman’s Puzzle block on the Tualatin Valley, Oregon Quilt Barn Trail.