Monday, April 26

"What's on the line?"

Well, it was just a bit windy when I took my little quilt out to the clothesline on Friday afternoon. It was to be a rainy weekend so I thought I better take my picture before the rain set in. I failed to take into account .......... that it was very windy out! I was prepared to wait until just the right moment when the wind died down and I would snap my picture. Unfortunately, the wind kept doing this.........
The little quilt practically wrapped itself around the clothesline and then slowly worked it's way down......almost a good shot.........and then.........
Up it would go, and then higher and it stayed straight out for several seconds!!!
Then finally, I could feel the wind calm a bit and the quilt began to settle and it was looking good.......
and this was the best I could do. I decided the wind was winning and this photo was good enough! I took the quilt off the line and layed it in the grass so you can see it.........
I call it "Spring Basket" and it's one of twelve small wall quilts that I made in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium. I designed and made one for each month of the year and taught the quilts as classes in our community education program. This was one of my favorites as I love tulips. It's just done with fusible and then I used a fine line of those acrylic puffy paints to outline the basket and tulips. Then I did some handquilting to outline the basket of flowers. I added the fluffy bow "just because I liked it". :-) The border fabric made me think of Turkish designs. I felt it was the perfect touch to a quilt that featured tulips as tulips are featured in so many Turkish designs!
If you want to see some photos of really lovely tulips in Turkey, then I recommend that you visit Nihal's blog where you will find five days of tulip photos........just click here and you'll be there! If you'd like to read a little history on tulips, you'll find this site "Tulips in Holland" is very interesting......just click here. And if you really want to read about tulips, here's a book that I have enjoyed reading......... TheTulip by Anna Pavord. It's everything you ever wanted to know about tulips!!!
Many of you probably have tulips growing in your own gardens. I used to have tulips at our previous home but we haven't done any plants yet at this house. Maybe next spring. And there will definitely be lots of tulips! Interestingly, I've been fortunate enough to see tulips in Holland and yet, I've never been to Pella, Iowa to see the tulips and I grew up in Iowa! I'm hoping to visit next spring but if you are nearby and want to know about their annual festival, just click here and you'll learn all about Pella's Tulip Time Festival.
So, don't worry about the laundry today........just think tulips.....plant some or read about them......or better yet find a garden and check some out in person!

14 comments:

Pat said...

That quilt is so pretty and the bow adds such a fun sparkle to it! Thanks for all the interesting tulip links, too. The only thing I don't like about tulips is that they don't last long enough (and then you have all that greenery to let die off and it looks horrible while that is happening....*sigh*)

joanne lendaro said...

Sometimes that wind can give us fits when trying to snap those pics! Love the red tulips, perfect for this time of year.

Crispy said...

Oooo such a pretty piece!! The bow was the perfect final touch!!

Crispy

Barb said...

I love your spring basket!!

Barbara said...

This is lovely! One of my favorite flowers too. :)

Owl Lady said...

What a lovely little quilt! You have such a good eye for color and texture. I will try some of your tulip links. We are having strong morning wind as a prelude to afternoon rain today, so reading about tulips will be a good indoor activity when I take a break from sewing.

Owl Lady said...

I just had to come back after seeing Nihal's wonderful tulip photos. I encourage all of you to see them. They lifted my spirits.

Maggey and Jim said...

I just love the little quilts and you put such a nice finishing touch on it.The picture is great..Did you use osnaberg for the background??
Maggey

Nihal said...

Hi Sandi,
Ohh my, I LOVE your today's post very much, you are such darling of the States!!! Grateful for the linking to my little colorful corner:) As usual I find very inspiring your quilts, your Spring Basket influenced me from the heart, what a wonderfully done table corner based on tulips. Yes you are right on saying the border fabric is similar to our turkish designs, perfect!

Let me go down to see your tulip photos blinking me in your old posts, I did not know if there were beautiful tulips in your area too. Let's make a "Tulip Festival in Henderson" next year 2011, what do you think:)

On a side note, I give my huge thanks to Owl Lady, she is so kind, I appreciate her nice comments:)

You ladies, really great and talented, dedicated in seeing beauties of the world. Being a tulipmania, I HEART all of the tulips growing up in the States.

Hope you have a nice day in tulip beauty and elegance:) Much Love to you all from my town~

julieQ said...

Very pretty, Sandi! I like the wind blown look.

The Quilt Ladies said...

Just beautiful and don't you just love something on the clothes line, I think it reminds me a home !

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

IT is beautiful. The bow gives it a 3D feel like all the movies out right now. Flapping on the line like that intensifies the effect. Love the photos.

W. Latane Barton said...

How pretty is that!!!

baukje said...

What a lovely pictures of the wind playing with yur quilt!

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