Saturday, May 30, 2015

it feels like...

it kind of feels like summer vacation...

yesterday i did my last demo at the shop, a week ago, my last class for many months to come

all the "work" stitching is done - yay!
and so in a way, it felt like yesterday was the last day of school, while today felt like the first day of holidays

 today we did something fun - marc is a train guy and so we drove over to revelstoke and wandered around the railway museum there, soaking in the history

a stop at craigellachie on the way home
{home of the "last spike"}
the smell of creosote and sappy green leaves took me back about fifty years or so... i was wearing pink pedal pushers, a pink floral pop-top and trying to jump from tie to tie... we were on a picnic near an abandoned rail line... summer-smells never really leave you, do they?

summer is sketching, painting outside, the smell of fresh--cut green grass

summer is blue, blue sky and the sound of people talking - over fences, passing on the road-way, muffled through open windows

summer this year is hummingbirds-
without josie on bird patrol, our yard has exploded with feathered friends; hummingbirds, most of all

with all of that in mind, my last demo project was inspired by a piece of fabric from the moda line
 "a field guide"

the soft colours of this line, combined with the interesting "sketchy" bits on the main print were immediate favourites

simple nine patches with 2 1/2", 2". and 1 1/2" squares respectively

three layers. pieced cotton, flannel and lightweight muslin, hand quilted in a grid pattern, through all the layers

 it's a peek into the designer's sketchbook

"watercolour paintings"


 the pattern i chose was a stacked pin cushion; three pieced and quilted squares of varying sizes, all stacked up

simple, yet lovely
and oh, so sturdy

but when all was done it seemed as though something was missing - it was a little bit plain

one of the squares on the feature print sported a little brown rabbit... which sparked an idea...

it didn't take very long to fashion a delightful little bunny, complete with a pom-pom tail {cut from a bit of vintage french trim!}

 little felt ears

he's perched on top, poised to jump... into a field of summertime dreams


suziqu's thread works said...

Oh Jillayne I simply love those shades and patterns in the new Moda fabrics and what you have created using them altogether to create your little pin cushion stack and they just wouldn't look finished until the sweet rabbit sat perched on top of them.
Hugs from a chilly day here dowunder,

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I love this latest happy creation of yours.

Have a good week ~ FlowerLady

Rachel said...

That bunny is a perfect finishing touch!

Marj Talbot said...

Ok now - you've outdone yourself. That is the cutest thing - a bunny on a pin cushion - just too cute for words.

Our hummingbirds seem to be feasting on nature right now, but they will be back. We enjoy wild canaries and other species that come to visit.

Another wonderful day of clear skies and warm weather - summer!!!!

Karen B. said...

Oh my Jillayne,
I love your newest creation so much ~ it is just so lovely!!
Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Mosaic Magpie said...

Yours is the first blog I am visiting after a much needed break from the computer. Love the blocks and the precious pincushion!

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Magpie's Mumblings said...

I was so liking the fabrics you were using and THEN I saw the sweet little stack of pillows AND the most cutest little bunny in the world!! So cute!

Createology said...

Oh Jillayne Dear you have done it again! Your collage of fabrics in just the perfect colors and styles combined with your beautiful hand stitching to create this amazing triple decker pincushion is fabulous. Then the cutest little bunny perched on top ready to hop into Summer and a patch of wildflowers is the "icing" on the top. Enjoy every minute of your well-earned vacation. Your field trip to the train museum sounds like a wonderful way to spend a day including an old-fashioned picnic. Summer Creative Bliss My Friend...

Dorthe said...

I love your telling of your daye, now and back then, so wonderful and cozy, dear Jillayne.
Your little collaged pieces looks so beautiful, in all their simplicity, and after having become lovely pillows, too. The quilting is so wonderful looking, and your rabbit, sweetly, lives on top of them all, now. So qute !!
Hugs from Dorthe

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

How delightful Jillayne. Enjoy your summer'holiday', your muse appears to be refreshed and raring to go!

Tina said...

Love those nine patch pieces - the color combinations are perfect.