Friday, 18 April 2008

Show and Tell Friday over at Kelli's

Show and Tell

This is a block I originally made for a charity quilt on a forum, but that never came to fruition from lack of member interest. I invested heavily in time on this, probably about 30 hours' sewing overall, as it is hand embroidered, and now it is going to be the centrepiece of a wallhanging for my home. The Creative Living forum I also belong to here in the UK has a block swop in progress, and I chose to have an applique challenge - View from a Cottage Window - for mine, so I have several to add to the wallhanging.

The blue vase is one I inherited from my late m-in-law. The embroidered Hollyhocks are amongst my favourite Cottage Garden flowers. The hill in the background is one near Bridport in Dorset, and I believe the pine trees were planted on the top to give a landmark to shipping.

This is a picture (originally a book illustration I think) of a Water Mill which reminds me very much of Sturminster Mill in Dorset, where I was last weekend (compare with Monday's posting, which has photos of it). I'm not sure if it is Stur. Mill, as there isn't a door where I know a door to be, but in every other way it is the same and evokes happy memories of when I first learned to make bread and used to buy my bread flour at the Mill. The frame is beautiful too - oak - and probably an Edwardian frame, so about 100 years old now.


Pam said...

I love your quilt square! I've made a few myself during a quilting class I took. Too bad I didn't follow in the steps of my sweet aunties and continued quilting.

I like how you said your picture of the water mill "evokes happy memories"! That's what we should have in our homes isn't it? Only things which evoke those HAPPY memories.

Simply Heart And Home said...

Your quilt square is lovely. What a shame you weren't able to use it for your forum. But now you can enjoy it! Wonderful idea to make a wallhanging.

The picture is very pretty and peaceful looking.

Thank you for sharing!


Carrie said...

The block you created is wonderful. It is special with all the items referring to real places and things in your area.

Connie Marie said...

Thirty hours is a while to be working on your quilting. It will be a beautiful wall hanging.

I've never purchased flour at a mill, but I've made lots and lots of bread.

Thanks for sharing your side of this world.

Hootin' Anni said...

The quilt is super, but I really LOVE the old mill print!!

My show n tell is shared....come on over.

Constance said...

Beautiful quilt block, I can tell you put a lot of time into the embroidery! It needs to be put on display, proudly!

The Apron Queen said...

The quilt block will be beautiful as a wall hanging. I always love visiting you.

My show & tell is up... vintage bling bling! Do stop by. I love the company.

For your daily dose of vintage goodness & a bit of silliness, stop by Confessions of an Apron Queen, the home of Vintage Thingies Thursdays.

Cookie Sunshine said...

What a gorgeous quilt piece. It's so pretty! It's always fun seeing what you are doing.

Barbara H. said...

I love hand made quilts! That is just lovely. How neat to have a picture of a place that is special to you.

MammyT said...

Jennie, I remember that square and I always loved it. It will be fun to see how the hanging comes out. How many did you receive from the people in the swap? There is definitely something about an old mill that just draws me in.

Kathy said...

Your quilt block is beautiful and will look fabulous on the wall. Wish I had your stitchery talent!
Kathy@ Mimi's Garden

Jewelgirl said...

Your quilt block would make a
great wall hanging, you worked so
many hours on it, just pretty!
I enjoyed your traveling photos