We have just been sharing on the International Quilt Challenge blog our interpretations of my theme 'Memory'.
This is the not-quite finished memory piece which I have titled 'Bumpsteads'. I do not normally make pictorial quilts but I have had this piece in my head for a long time so it was good to get it out of there and explore the process. The fabrics are a combination of commercial fabrics and my sun printed fabric and all the pieces have been bonded. So far I have only added some hand stitching to describe the grassy edges of the garden and field and I am prevaricating about adding quilting but I will probably have to add some stitching to stop it all falling off.
From the age of 9 to about 17/18 I spent as many of my holidays as I could manage staying with a family friend on their pig farm. In the garden was a huge pear tree with a tree swing in it and a rather rusty metal seat encircling it. I spent many happy hours swinging, climbing trees, feeding the pigs, playing with the farm cats and helping to look after and play with the children of the family as they came along. I have a very strong visual memory of making a picnic in the garden with the daughters of the family to be shared with their dolls and teddies, with the sound and smell of pigs happily grubbing about in the field across the road. The scene in my mind is flooded with sunlight and my 'Aunt' heavy with her next child. The children, as with all children, had lost interest in the tea party and gone in search of other entertainment, or maybe for a snooze.
My piece comes from a naive style painting that I made of the remembered scene several years ago when I was painting.
My interpretation has been very literal and I am quite happy with it, although I think I should probably give myself some hair!