Friday, March 30, 2012

Night Owls

Although it's not quite the end March, I'm getting a headstart on my April blog. With the arrival of our little grand-daughter (and parents) tonight, for a two week stay, I will have other joys to occupy my time and no space for quilting. Her play-pen/crib is already set up in my sewing room, and it testifies to this grandmother's love that only for Gracie would I be willing to give up my quilting space; and then only for a short time!
However, I've just completed a project that I'm very pleased with. So it is a natural time for a break.
Two years ago when we were in NewZealand, I bought a copy of the New Zealand Quilter magazine. As I paged through it, a picture of a wall hanging called "Two Little Ruru" by Jenny Hunter caught my attention. Ruru is a Maori name for the morepork owls which means "big eyes."  I thought to myself then, that it would be fun to make something similar. It took a while, but last summer I worked out a pattern for two "Canadian" owls, based on the owl pattern in the magazine, but didn't get around to actually making the hanging until this past month. These owls look very wide-awake in a dark Canadian forest, which inspired the title "Night Owls."  They have already 'flown away' to the home of a friend, who fell in love with them the moment she saw them and is very much enjoying their company. Here they are.

Night Owls
That's all for this time except to wish all of my blog readers a blessed and happy Easter.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Back to the Landscapes

After finishing a few UFOs and some larger traditional quilts, I returned to my fabric art. I find it's a good change to work on something small after wrestling with larger projects. Here are a few of the pictures. They are matted and measure about 8 x 10 inches with the mats and yet to be framed. 
On the left is "Red Sky at Night" and on the right "Remembering Vincent." Below these is "Water's Edge."