I made this quilt for my dearest oldest friend who was expecting her first baby end of May. Little Lucy made an early appearance though, so she won’t be getting the quilt for her baby shower, but for her birthday!
Demelza is one of my favourite people in the world, I’ve known her since late high school (Aussie college) she’s super creative and a really inspiring artist. Lots of her family sew and are crafty, so when it came to making her a unisex baby quilt I felt a lot of pressure! Suddenly all my choices seemed wrong, or not quirky enough, or too boyish or to girly. In the end I knew her and Slava wouldn’t mind what I made.
We didn’t know if Lucy was a boy or a girl when I made the quilt, so I used some of my favourite general colours in here, minty little horses and a sloth or two from Sarah Watts, Cactus and wildflowers from Leah Duncan, a bit of vintage and some rich Botanics from Carolyn Friedlander.
I also used some backing fabric I’d been saving for this particular baby, it’s Children at play on parade, the circus theme is especially fitting for Melz. I hope so much that she likes it. And also that baby Lucy knows how much she is loved from the other side of the world already. xxoo
I’ve mentioned our little exhibition - the homemade exchange, before, but I wanted to share my final piece with you here. (Sorry if this is redundant for you!)
The exhibition is the result of a playful collaboration. Fifteen artists took a photograph of a domestic setting and then received one in exchange. Each has responded with an artwork, using various mediums, including drawing, textiles and film. The participants are located in Switzerland, Israel, Canada and Australia (including artists from Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Perth). Curated by Demelza Sherwood.
I was given this lovely image, by Emily O’brien,
and this is a little cushion I made in response, it’s called Sunday Sawtooth.
It’s inspired by the traditional quilts I love, especially the sawtooth pattern which has that nice jaggedy edge. Emily’s image has so many beautiful vintage pieces in it, I also wanted the cushion to work well in the actual space if it ever flew over the world into her living room. I love the colours in the original photo so I ‘sawtooth pixelated’ it. Each little square is an inch and there are about 250 separate pieces in the whole thing!
The exhibition that’s part of Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed runs until the end of the month, if you want to hear more about it, Demelza Sherwood gave a wonderful little interview here http://www.craft.org.au/news/craft-cubed-interview-the-homemade-exchange/.