stem colour

 

Before all the tiny leaf buds begin, there is colour starting around here.  I was out walking and noticed this lovely tree with white bark.  Pretty sure it’s a birch, but doesn’t have the classic tall single trunk. ( And yes, I know white isn’t a colour but…)

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Much to my son’s consternation, our walk/scooter ride slowed A LOT as I continued to find interesting bits of trunk/stem colour.

Lots of red stems, from this perennial branch, along with the new blackberry shoot!

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Not sure what this yellow one is, but there is lots of it.

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Oh, just saw the bits of trash at the bottom of the photo!  Sad, when I was walking along  a road, beside a nature sanctuary.  Well sad anywhere.

And of course the most prevalent colour in spring, green.

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A week since I took these photos, and there are green buds, blossoms, and leaves starting everywhere.  Here in Victoria we get a few sunny days and spring starts with a vengeance.  Ooh boy, it’s fun to have spring allergies!  At least I only sneeze and itch for about 5 weeks.

Keep noticing colour and detail around you, it can fill your soul.  And the lecturer I recently heard speak (Tony Small) reminded us all to get at minimum 20 minutes outside for our brain health.

 

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in memory

I recently had a commission from a woman who had a tote bin full of her deceased dad’s t-shirts.  Quilting in crisp to quality cotton is the best, but there is something special about being able to create something new to treasure from a loved ones old clothes. I have made a few different memory quilts and one other t-shirt quilt, so I had a bit of a plan on how to attack this challenge.

First big step is to cut the images out of the t-shirts, and attach interfacing so that the t-shirts don’t stretch when attached to cotton.  Then layout…

These were the first parts I had a clear picture of in my mind.

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C requested NOT the traditional t-shirt quilt of all just t-shirts.  Also lots of white if possible.  Lots of dark t-shirts made that a challenge.

So more playing with layout, leaving space for white.

Finally put it all together.

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C also requested fleece hearts, if possible.  And some free motion quilting.

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I stitched around a lot of the icons on the shirts.

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This is the result before I bound it in white.

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I stipple quilted all the white, adding a heart shape here and there, and for an extra touch, I put C’s dad’s name in the quilting.  Right near his photo.

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C had a few squeals and claps and a big grin.  I take that as a satisfied customer.

This one was 5 1/2 by 7 feet.  Big! I worked from the center outwards in all directions, no puckers!  I often add a pucker or two for character;) heehee.

Now back to all my WIPS.  Oh wait, it’s baseball season. Better cut a few hand quilting projects to do in the stands!

Enjoy the sunshine.