the prairie fairy quilt
ta-da! Oh my, this has been a loooooooong time coming :-) I began these wee cross stitches before Abby was born – more than 15 years ago! They are, of course, from the Prairie Schooler folk – my all time favourite cross stitch patterns. I so love their simplicity and timelessness. Mmmmmhmm!
And these fairies – so funny and whimsical. They bring me to mind of the sweet flower fairy poems written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Have you read them? I found them during the time when I was reading the Little House books to Abby – she was still breastfeeding first thing in the morning and last thing at night – she called it good morning titty and good night titty :-) – and we read our way through the first three of Wilder’s stories. The poems are so unlike her other writing – very silly and fanciful and lovely. Perhaps an opportunity to escape the hardships of everyday life and revel in the magic of the natural beauty around her.
I love the colours of the fairy on the crow, sprinkling pollen as she goes. But my favourite is the lass on the hare – I can relate to her chaos!
I absolutely adore the fabrics I’ve used in this quilt. The blue and green floral you can see above is from a 2009 collection of Jane Austen inspired fabrics, and the smooshy reddy rhubarb is just something I liked. But the rest are from a couple of Moda collections from years ago – I’m sure their name had something to do with “French” and when I bought the last of the red floral and green floral above, I remember feeling crushed that was the end of them.
The border is made from wedges cut with the dresden plate ruler – adds a nice zing. And the blocks – I can’t remember what this block is called – “My Sister’s Favourite” is ringing some bells. But looking at them afresh this week, I think I need to make more. Many, many more! Forty-eight made from the scraps in my sewing shed. That would be fun huh!
As for the brown binding – it was never intended to be. Last night, I was pulling fabrics out of their useless piles in the sewing shed, trying to find a big enough piece in red or green or pink. No luck. The only piece I kept coming back to that was big enough was the brown. It’s a reproduction piece – I LOVE reproductions and haven’t found anywhere here in Melbourne to buy them – Karen had a great selection at the Quilters’ Store in Brisbane – I used to drive them crazy buying 30cm each of 20 odd bolts at a time – in the end, they used to make me return the bolts to the shelves myself :-) Anyways – I think the brown has worked really well – echoes the lovely Prairie Schooler feel and draws me back again to Laura and those Little Houses. Besides, brown + green +red + pink is probably my favourite colour combination ever.
And then it was done – I’ve even stitched in every last thread! I made a hanging cord for it from the remainder of the brown, added a sleeve to the back and …
… finished! I’m as smitten with it today as I was when it first began. It’s just right.
Now, it’s hanging in the hall, above the spring table. Yes, this Prairie Fairy Quilt of mine is just right.