This past summer, we stayed on the grounds of a fruit winery in Naramata BC and it was fabulous. Because we were there toward the end of the summer, picking season was in full swing. One day I was walking along the road beside the orchard and noticed a few stacks of pallets awaiting their tour of duty holding the big bins of picked fruit. The pallets were mostly brown but two were this bright blue. I didn't have a camera with me but I sketched what I saw, knowing one day it would turn into a quilt. Amazingly, it did, and in record time, too! This is Naramata Summer.
She's about 31"x29" and made entirely of scraps/stash fabric: Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in (I think) Natural, some Kona cotton in some colours I can't remember but they're left over from my Oceanic Supernova, and Kona Stone.
The quilting? Well let me tell you about the quilting. I was all set to make this a quick finish with some straight line quilting and call it a day. The short-sightedness of that plan was pointed out to me at my annual Loon Lake retreat, where I had registered for a short workshop with Krista Withers - a preview of the one she's teaching at QuiltCon on Compositional Quilting, an approach to quilting the negative space found in many modern quilts. Thank goodness I have friends who will kick my ass around the block when needed.
I'm so happy I waited. SO so happy. I will enter this in the QuiltCon quilt show but even if it doesn't get in, I'm extremely proud of the work I've done on this quilt: the design, the execution and the quilting (which was done with Aurifil 40 weight in a lovely turquoise (5006)).
Looking wonderful.....I really need to up my free motion game as well. One of these days.ReplyDelete
Aren't ass-kicking friends the best? :-) I love it. I'm hoping to one day up my game to your standards, because you're right...mind-blowing! Beautiful!ReplyDelete
wow. This is beyond impressive. I think you have the gift, girl!ReplyDelete
Felicity, your piece is amazing and evokes the Okanagan area beautifully. The swirling winds and puffy clouds that come off the water, the trees on the hills. The dry hills in the late summer. Gorgeous and amazing, may you gain entry to the show with pride.ReplyDelete
It's a fantastic quilt, I love it. I am taking that class at QuiltCon I think, one of Krista's classes anyway and I can't wait.ReplyDelete
it is such a fabulous quilt, and will serve as such a good reminder of your fun times in Naramata. I knew you had that quilting in you - it was just waiting to explode out! Beautiful!ReplyDelete
Such a lovely quilt - the colours and the quilting (Oh the quilting!!!!)ReplyDelete
What a nice quilt! You should be proud of it.ReplyDelete
Felicity, you captured all the best of Naramata/Okanagan summers. We raised our family in Penticton and although we moved away 20 years ago, because our son still lives there I visit as often as I can; it's so different from Toronto. (I know, what were we thinking!?). Nothing comes close to Okanagan cherries! Your quilt and its spontaneity took me back. Thank you.ReplyDelete