Monday, January 05, 2009

Ahhhh! Back to Normal!

The holiday season is behind us! Kids are back at school and employees are back at their jobs. The radio no long plays Christmas carols. The sun is shining! Things are back to normal. All is right with the world!


Over the weekend I made this block, called 'broken dishes - variation' as part of the Friday's Block Party. (see sidebar) This was week 1, so I am still on schedule.






Besides doing the broken dishes block, I have been busy sewing scraps together to make this wall hanging. I think it will be about 40in. square when it is finished. That huge white space in the middle is supposed to be for an applique. But unfortunately I cannot find an appliqued medallion that I like in all the books and magazines I have.

So..... I guess I'll have to design something of my own. That shouldn't be too difficult. Or should it? So far I have wasted at least a tree's worth of paper trying to come with something. I don't know if you can see my drawings. They're not very good, but I think you can click on them to see them better - if you must. Why was this so difficult? I never have problems drawing anything.

Then it hit me! Duh! I have forgotten what plants and flowers look like. It is January - the beginning of January to be exact - and flowers are a long forgotten memory. I decided to take matters into hand and had my DH drive me to Allen Gardens yesterday morning. It is an amazing spot in the old cabbage town part of Toronto. They have several large hothouses there, filled with plants and flowers and cactus and I hoped, some colour to revive my imagination!


I was not disappointed! Lucky for us they had not removed the Christmas display yet. Everything was covered in poinsettias! The colours ranged from the traditional reds to pinks, corals and variegated varieties! I was in plant heaven!








Brilliant reds! Bright yellows! And calming oranges! Huge bunches of bananas and towering palm trees.







I think I will be able to come up with something to applique. I'm going to work on it now, while I have the inspiration!






This is the life - so relaxing! No one to bother me! Soft music playing in the background. Felix and Oscar, asleep in their favourite daytime spots. And Mimi.... well Mimi is busy, protecting us from squirrels. They are scurrying around up on the solarium roof. That's good. That will keep her occupied for hours.

Meow! Someone has to keep these pesky critters in check! You should be glad I'm looking after things!
I am Mimi. Thanks!

11 comments:

Opal said...

i'm so glad you were able to get inspired! i can't wait to see what you come up with. :)

that shot of mimi is really great. she's so beautiful!

Catherine said...

I'd be tempted to do some really intricate quilting in the open space but ...

Barb said...

Wow, love your quilt and flowers. I will check out the rest of your blog after I thank your for entering my blog giveaway.

Have a great day....

LizzieJane said...

Your quilts and your flowers are beautiful, it is so nice to see some color at this time of year.
x

Exuberant Color said...

I wish I had some place close to go see flowers. There is nothing nicer than a mass of flowers everywhere. We have a lot of winter ahead of us yet.

Oiyi said...

That wall quilt is going to be beautiful!

Julie said...

Ooh, such pretty "stuff" on this post! But the prettiest is Mimi, hands down.

nicolette said...

Love your drawings! They will provide for some gorgeous applique!!

Midas says meow to Mimi!

*karendianne. said...

What a lovely post. At first I was disappointed that so many days had passed before I read this but now I'm thankful. Today is a good day here to fully appreciate the work you're doing here and to really "get into" your creative process. How fun that you shared all this. ...Mimi is the Bow that Wraps the gift. She looks fun!

Again, really great share! *karendianne.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Such great pictures - the kitty, the flowers and the quilt blocks. Love them all Hetty.

Aim said...

Thanks for sharing your nice greenery with the rest of us winter-starved northerners! Makes me want to visit my nearby botanic gardens....I love all your quilted and pieced items, esp that rail-fence hanging.