It’s a beautiful day today and with the recent sprouting of crocuses and snowdrops spring may just be on its way. I took the chance and the light to take a few photos of my current quilt, which is a commission of a farm scene. The client wants the top section of Theo’s quilt (the hills, sky and sun), plus somewhere on the quilt there had to be a strawberry, a red tractor, a black labrador, and a little brown rectangle on top of the left-hand hill to represent an old watchtower.
This is the original sketch of the quilt:
So far I’m enjoying the challenge! The labrador has proved the most tricky as an appliquéd dog just wouldn’t, I felt, hold up to washing and general use. So I ordered some of the puppy fabric from the rather dangerous to your wallet Spoonflower fabric site and it has been despatched- exciting!
I also ordered some new, spring-like fabrics, with a lot of lime green going on, to inject a bit of juicy freshness into the quilt. Here they are all drying on the rack:
The strawberries will go in three of the corner squares -top left for the name and date of birth- and the tractor (depicted by a wad of folded fabric below!) will be ploughing the field. Spring time! Here’s a rough layout picture I took when I was deciding on fabric.
Now the top half of the quilt is pieced, minus the tree which will go on the larger, ochre-coloured hill. It’ll be like Theo’s tree but have little lime green french knots to symbolise leaf buds. The watchtower at the moment rather makes the smaller hill look like a large pear emerging on the horizon- a surrealist touch! But once the tulip-patterned fabric is quilted, I think this bare, pear-like effect will calm down a bit:
Here are the patches that will border the quilt, pieced and ready to go. Quite a different colour scheme for me- red, blue and lime green- but in keeping with the spring theme I hope, and nice and bright. (Recognise the tiny strawberry print Polly?!)
The next step is the half-ploughed field, which will require setting in some points- not the easiest and sure to provoke blasphemy… I’ll let you know how I get on! This is the tiny yellow flower print that I’m using for the field. I had a plain lime green but decided it was just too acidic!