|Fiskavaig, Isle of Skye.|
Just like a real landscape, this wall hanging changes in different light and keeps surprising us as we walk past it.
The InspirationIn 2012 we went on a lovely holiday to the Isle of Skye, off the west coast of Scotland. Every summer the Island's artistic residents open up their homes and studios for anybody to come in and see their work. There's even an official map and guide. One of the studios that I visited twice was the Skye Quilt Studio. Not only did we get a detailed tour of the quilts on display, there was also a proper little shop set up in the loft / attic space. So right there and then I decided I'd like to design my own wall hanging based on the lovely view from the windows of our rented accommodation using fabric purchased on the Island.
And this is the photo that gave me the idea for the gold thread quilting stitches at the bottom of my work:
|I took this sitting amongst the grasses whilst on the peninsula|
looking back towards the house from behind the yellow trees
The ConstructionI started making this almost as soon as I got home (blogged about it here) and got as far as appliqueing the sky when I became distracted with other things and put it aside.
I took it out again last month when I saw a competition at Celtic Thistle Stitches to create a mini quilt based on a holiday memory. And so I took it out again (blog mention here) and finally completed it. There's nothing like a deadline to get me motivated into action!
I have mostly used needle-turn applique and a little bit of machine stitching. The quilting has been done on my machine. I drew the design myself onto freezer paper templates. Completed it measures 14.5" x 18.5"
(I'd probably choose different fabrics if I could start again, but I bought them with just the landscape colours in mind and at the time I didn't really have an exact idea of which exact part of Skye I would try to recreate. And so although the colours may not be the most accurate tones, they are special just because they were bought on Skye when the inspiration struck me.)
For the back I chose a piece of fabric with an actual sky print as a play on words.
|and this is the first time that I've ever used free-motion quilting!|
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