This one is "Pirate Strings" because I used the Skulls panto. There is some boy out there who's going to need a quilt to keep him warm, and will love the fact that it's got skulls and crossed bones quilted into it.
I received an e-mail from Nancy in February 2014 with the following in the e-mail."In working out my grief at losing my mother in June, I finished some family tree research which I knew would have pleased her immensely. The outflow of the research caused me to undertake this quilt project, which depicts my great grandparent's dairy farm, and would have been such a source of delight to mom, as well as providing a durable family history for my kids and grandkids." Nancy then attached some photos of the quilt top, and described what she had done. Above is the full quilt after quilting. Below are more detailed photos of specific parts of the quilt.
Below, we have the family. Nancy took a photo, and "dressed" the people in the photo in fabrics. Underneath she has included the names of who is who.
The fruit trees on the farm are all dimensional. Nancy took small pieces of fabric and stitched these to the background.
Here is "The Large Black Walnut Tree". They don't show in the photo, but Nancy has made small French Knots on the ground to represent the walnuts that had already fallen to the ground. Notice the quilt hanging on the clothesline to the left of the tree, and the vegetable garden to the right of the tree. Again, all dimensional.
My favorite is the barn. The door actually slides back and forth on the metal rods that she has attached above and below.
Now for the best part. Many of these dimensional buildings lift up to reveal something underneath. Nancy has a photo of the original house, certificates to acknowledge that the family was an Early Settler to the territory, a drawing that Nancy's mother made of what she remembered of the farm, and a plotting by the city to show who owned what piece of property.
I don't know if this house still exists, but regardless, this is a wonderful testimony to the family that worked so hard for so many years to provide a home for their families. The treasure that Nancy has created is just amazing, and I hope that it will be treasured for many, many generations to comes.
All are 100% cotton.
This fabric is by Galaxy #22015. The fabric is white, but the bottom photo looks pink because I placed another fabric behind it to attempt to show the design. $11.70 per yard.
I believe that the nursery has an animal theme, so Sara found most, if not all of these different animals online, and created her own pattern for machine applique.
around all of the details. Each eye, eye lash, trunk detail, etc.
In order to add texture, I stitched over Sara's machine stitching on his feet and body.
He started with the Noah's Ark fabric,and put all the animals into the arks and around the borders. I love how the arks are all scrappy. Michael chose to have waves quilted in boats and the ocean, a pond water meander in the sky, and a different wave in the sashing strips and borders. The backing is flannel for softness.