I’m dreaming about crafts these days. I’ve been inspired…. by my long time friend Bev and her beautiful handcrafted quilts.
And they are beautiful.
Bev’s a retired teacher like me. And she’s been creating her wonderful quilts for years now. The red, black and grey cat quilt (below) is one of her early creations. That’s Beni on the chair. And that’s Bev hiding behind the quilt. The closest she would let me come to taking her picture. I love the juxtaposition of dog and cats in this shot.
The blue and cream crazy quilt (below) is gorgeous, isn’t it? Next to the log cabin style quilt, I love crazy quilts the best. My grandmother Sullivan made crazy quilts; I love the idea that you can weave bits of cloth from your life into a quilt.
I visited Bev and her quilts one Sunday in September. Her workshop and her quilts were part of the Old Ottawa South Studio Tour. Artists and crafts persons… potters, painters, quilters… all over Ottawa South threw open their doors that day to showcase their work.
This is my favourite of Bev’s quilts. I love the rich burgundies and reds. It looks wonderful as a wall hanging, doesn’t it?
What Bev mostly creates these days are baby quilts. So pretty in these bright primary colours. And she sells them too. For around $70.00. That’s a steal especially when you look at the workmanship, not to mention the hours and hours of work.
If you want Bev to make you a baby quilt, you can e-mail me here and I will pass on your contact information. You might have to get in line, her time and her quilts are much in demand these days. But she’d be happy to hear from you.
Hubby is laughing at me. “Better find out what will be in style in ten years and start knitting that,” he says. Referring, of course, to the glacial pace at which I churned out my last project. Okay, I know a challenge when I hear one. I’m going shopping for knitting patterns and yarn….the minute we get back from our trip next week.
We leave in a couple of days for our final camping trip of the year. This trip is a favourite of mine. I love the fact that we have the campground almost to ourselves. The fall colours of the trees and the leaves underfoot when we go for our walks. Frosty evenings around the camp fire with a glass of wine, watching the sparks disappear up into the darkness.
And in the meantime, maybe I can finish sewing together my old/new sweater and wear it camping. While I’m dreaming crafty dreams of what I can make next.
By the way…be sure to let me know if you want Bev to make you a baby quilt. They’re lovely, and a sweet gift for any new parents you might know.
Are you a knitter, quilter or otherwise crafty person?