I’m late in getting my Throwback post up for the week. This wall hanging is one of my very first attempts at a landscape/art quilt. It’s a quilt of my grandmother’s home on the Cape. I’m not sure what year I made this…sometime probably between 2005-2010?
My grandmother, Leahbelle, had this beautiful house in West Yarmouth which the whole family would visit during the summers as often as we could. It was a short walk to the beach and she had lovely gardens, shuffle board, blueberry bushes and lots of card games and crafts going on. The house is bigger than it looks in this photo as you can’t see the bay windows on the right side of the house which was her kitchen. The second floor of the house alone had two large bedrooms with a total of 6 twin beds and 1 full bed plus a bathroom. A nautical theme was carried through each room. I have so many good memories of time spent there with my family and extended family. When I close my eyes, I can see every detail of Grammy Lee’s house right down to the Tupperware of Ranger Cookies that were always waiting on top of the freezer chest in the kitchen. Grammy Lee and her husband, Ted, were avid crafters. Everything from sewing, home decor, hooked rugs, crochet, toy making, woodworking, painting, you name it…they created it. I wish I could have been more interested in what they were doing back then as I would be now. I think we could have endless conversations about crafting. I was more interested back then in the beach and any cute boy riding a bicycle through the neighborhood!! LOL!
I created this quilt as a reminder of how much the house meant to all of us. The quilt is fused and the actual house is a photograph printed on fabric paper. I added in the trees, flowers and bird house. I think if I made this quilt today, I’d have looked for another way to make those trees! I’m fairly sure I’d throw some textile paint on there as well.
Tomorrow I’m heading to the Quilter’s Gathering in NH. It’s a fairly large quilt show and I’m very excited to walk around and see the quilts and how vendors are displaying quilt samples. I’m 99% sure I’ll be vending the craft fair in town on Dec. 6th and as this will be my first time vending, I need some ideas on making the most of my 10’x10′ space.
The 10% off sale on Christmas patterns in my store is still happening through midnight on Sunday. Go check it out and see if you find something you like! I have some notions to go along with the patterns as well. Here’s a few Thanksgiving quilts that are also available. This first one, Bountiful, is from the Fourth Seasonal Trio Pattern and the second one is from my book, Little Quilts For Big Occasions.
Bountiful from Fourth Seasonal Trio…
Fourth Seasonal Trio quilts included in the pattern…
Thanksgiving quilt from Little Quilts For Big Occasions…
Have a wonderful weekend!