Thursday, July 01, 2010

My grandmother's garden

This is the quilt I made for the new Twelve by Twelve challenge. The colour scheme chosen by Karen was "purple and yellow".
I used two pictures taken in my garden as the inspiration for this piece, a picture of a lilac tree and one of simple little daisies growing in the grass. The fabrics are hand dyed and screen printed.
I especially like this lilac tree because it's a grandbaby of a tree which stood in my grandmother's garden when I was a little girl. I remember that this beautiful garden was full of vegetables, fruits, simple flowers and unpretentious shrubs and trees.

After quilting, I started embroidering flowers by hand here and there in the quilt, but I finally unpicked them because they just didn't really add anything. After all, I prefer to keep it simple, as it is now.
Don't forget to visit our Twelve by Twelve blog to see the other quilts.

10 comments:

nicolette said...

This will be one of my favourite 12 x 12 quilts you made. Gorgeous colours and the daisies look so real! Love it!

Micki said...

Love it. It's gorgeous.

sharon young said...

Beautiful colours and imagery, Françoise, I love the screen printing, so understated and I can see why you left them unstitched, perfect as they as they are.

Ali Honey said...

I like the screen printing. The yellow colour really sings against the purple.

The Happy Apple said...

Perfect balance!

Doreen G said...

this is my favourite as well Francoise

The Happy Apple said...

Thank you for your comment Francoise and for adding me to your reader. It's a new URL for my blog and I was beginning to feel quite lonely!! Lovely to meet you and see all your wonderful work. I shall put you on my reader too!

linda stokes said...

Very striking colours & wonderful simplicity in the design.

n a t s u m i said...

I love the combination blue and yellow! Beautiful quilt as always!

Shirley Goodwin said...

Love this, Françoise! (I am in France using a French keyboard, so can put the accent on your name)