Spring Time Fun
Spring has arrived, there is heavy pollen in the air and on the trees. We have lambs that Rosie adores, she spends hours playing with them much to their mothers disgust. I am constantly washing her muddy paws as she comes running in all excited about her playmates.
My Old Horse Dobbin also has a close friend, he is so lovely even shares his dinner. He really takes good care of this sheep and her twin lambs pictured above. She is also very partial to my garden which is not going to earn her any brownie points with me, although Rosie is very happy about having the twins close by to play with.
Inspiration for quilts is everywhere, I find my garden a never ending source.
The color of these Sweet Williams is enough to send me racing into my sewing room to find the perfect fabric.
I love blending greens as we see so many colors of green in nature. Leaves comes in all different shapes and sizes, but blend together next to each other.
Every Year this lovely Magnolia tree, which my Mum always called a Tulip tree, inspires designs and flower shapes for my applique.
My Breath of Spring Quilt
was made with this tree and the thought of spring in mind. You can also see where the leaf shape came from. The stars in this quilt represent the wonderful star studded night sky's on a clear spring night.
This blue hydrangea picture taken in my garden is the inspiration for the quilt I am currently working on. I will be placing pictures of the quilt when I can, as this quilt is going to be in the Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine in January next year.
I have three other quilts in the Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine that are being published over the next few months. I will place further details of the issue dates etc when I can.
I love to hear from you and read your comments. I hope I have inspired you, and encouraged you to use nature for your inspiration.
I will leave you with this lovely photo my husband took of the Tui that lives in our garden.
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Also in Sharon Keightley Quilts - Quilty Ramblings
Lately I have been sorting through my pile of quilts and have come across some of my long lost treasures. I thought I would share some of my memories of making these lovely quilts, cushions and table runners with you.
First on the list is the Wreath cushion, made quite some time ago now. I loved making this cushion from start to finish. It was one of those projects where everything seemed to fall into place just the way I had imagined it.
I can finally tell you all what has been keeping me so quiet !........ Iv'e been working really hard on projects for a book. I am so happy to show you the cover of my new book (Autumn Bouquet) coming out in August this year. Its been such a wonderful experience, something I have always wanted to do. It is filled with a great selection of projects with a range of small and large quilts, with applique techniques explained in detail. I will be so proud to place this book on my shelf along with all the other quilt books I own.
Last week we had a scheduled power cut for our area, meaning I could not do any quilting on the Roses quilt. This was the perfect time to pull my fabrics out and sort through them, folding them nicely and organizing them into colour baskets. I have been meaning to resort them for a while now. This was a great way to get reacquainted with my fabrics, finding all those precious fabrics that just make my heart race. Giving me ideas for my next project, another journey! Benny decided that would be fun and he loves to help, I think he secretly wants to be a quilter too.