Summer is definitely here, but it feels like Spring in our garden. Despite the heatwaves we have been having, all the plants in our garden are bursting with flowers. The pink and purple flowers reminded me of the field of wildflowers we saw during our trips to the UK. Inspired by a couple of photos that I had taken during our travels in England, I finished an acrylic painting and a quilted mini wall hanging.
Seeing all the flowers growing in the garden gave me an urge to start painting this Yorkshire Moor scene. Acrylic as a medium is very new to me. Before this I had only done one small tree painting in acrylic. Not to be overwhelmed by the size of the painting, I worked on it in little sections. I made innumerable mistakes, covered them up with a neutral base paint and repainted until I was happy with it. I learned too. Overall, I think I spent well over 12 hours on this painting.
In June, I wrote this one-block WIP-s post in anticipation of finishing a few small projects. This Pinwheel Flower block was one of them. I designed this flower through the window a long time ago and finally created the block in April.
The idea for this block came from a combination of seeing a flower through my atelier window and, of course, a pinwheel block.
Originally I wanted to quilt circles, but I ditched the idea because it reminded me too much of a circular wave motion. Then the V-shape of the corners gave me the quilting idea. I used an acid green thread to make the quilting stand out a bit more and finished the quilt with a green leaf binding.
When it came to naming this mini, that was easy. The purple flower made me think of Regency Purple. I love Jane Austen. I also fell in love with Derbyshire while visiting earlier this year. This photo I took while standing on Stanage Edge made me think of Pride And Prejudice. So my mini is called A Flower For Jane Austen.
I love making small quilts for my kitties. I am going make a multicoloured flower quilt for them using this pattern . It is such an easy pattern, very quick to make. The 12″ size also makes for a nice size quilt with fewer blocks. Now that I have figured out the quilting, I can’t wait to get started on the quilt itself. This little flower is going to reside in our kitchen as a reminder of the lovely Derbyshire.
I am very happy to have brought back wonderful memories with me and that a bit of both Yorkshire and Derbyshire are now part of our home.
Linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page. They are great source for new inspirations.