Dave Dobbyn is so iconic to all that is Kiwi-ness here in New Zealand. I love the following song.
I think of this song as I welcome home my quilt, 'Folk Art Blooms'.
Designed by Buggy Barn. I made this quilt ready for The Country Yards New Years Launch in March 2013. We sold this quilt as a Block of the Month. The quilt was successful with many falling in love with it as I did. Now we have sold all we had to offer so I got to bring this quilt home.
I used a black batting and batting. Several different black fabrics were used for the backgrounds which help make the applique (raw edge) say: 'hello world, look at me!'
I had fun with the quilting, echoing the applique and flowing feathers on the borders.
Funny how in different lights the black is bluey/grey.............................
By now I am sure you would have noticed my 'helper'..........................................
"This old quilt? Really! She needs a thing of REAL beauty like me!"
Back when I made the quilt I commissioned my dear friend Julie ( see her amazing blog and you too can easily open your wallet to her beautiful handmade goodies!) to make me a doll from some of the left over fabrics. I also made a cushion, using needle turn for the applique so shoppers could see the applique could be completed either way.
When I took my Christmas decorations down I had a we potter and changed a few things around in my home.
Another Block of the Month 'Home Coming Lane' and the Raggy Ann Prim doll I made on an old painters ladder.
My holidays have been filled with working on a new Block of the Month, which of course I can not show you just yet!
Leaving you with a final photo of 'The Helper'.......................can you spot him??