Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gateway of Solace

This is the first quilt I made when I came to live in Ireland in December 2010. I worked six week stints in Portlaoise twice before and was very familiar with The Rock of Dunamase in County Laois, Ireland. The Church of Ireland, Ballycarroll, can be viewed through the ruins of the Norman castle built originally by Dairmuid MacMurragh, King of Leinster. It was part of his daughter, Aoife's dowry when she married Strongbow. I spent many hours on this limestone outcrop enjoying the surrounding landscape and taking pictures. Also tinking of my family, far away.

I would specifically like to thank Marilyn Pretorius. Without her beautiful hand painted fabrics, this  quilt would not be possible.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Two Giants

This depicts two of the African giants. The Boabab tree and the African Buffalo.

My Brother-in-Law, Danie Erasmus, loves buffalo and I promised his wife, Joan, to make him a quilt. I aimed to finish it in time for his 60th birthday but was only able to present it to them on Joan's birthday. But this quilt is a second quilt with the same design that my husband requested. I used the realistic appliqué method with lots of thread sketching and quilting and was quite pleased with his mean look that spells danger. My husband and his brother both love buffalo because the cows are exceptional mothers to the calves. I love the massive baobab trees in the South African bushveld.
I used black netting to create a silhoette effect in the background.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Hands across the border exhibition : Dublin July 2013

What a big surprise to find detail of my quilt: Fabulous Flax... Lovely Linen been used for the poster of the joint exhibition of the Irish Patchwork Society and the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild.