Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera! A couple of days ago I was plopped on the sofa, balancing my sketchbook, a tiny jar of water, palette, paint and brush on a little board. While looking out toward the blooming flowers in our modest little flower garden, I was doing a practice sketch of a Shooting Star. That set the stage for today’s Wandering Camera.
There is an easy mountain trail about a half hour’s drive away from our home. I love to spot various wildflowers along that trail and photograph them.
As I was taking the photos, I commented on how some of them are growing like weeds. My husband laughed and pointed out that wildflowers are weeds!
Weeds are a gardener’s bane, specially the horrible kinds that grow in the flowerbeds. However, I do voluntarily grow a few wildflower “weeds” in my garden. Many Thanks to my friend Mary for sharing her Larkspur seeds with me so readily.
I just realised that this post marks a whole year of Wandering Camera. Last year Wandering Camera Revival started with my sharing photos of these Larkspurs from my garden –
I will start with the name of this little quilt. Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is home to the beautiful Pitmedden Garden. Since I love to visit gardens while travelling, we had planned on visiting this one. The idea was to have lunch there, spend an hour or so, and then continue on to Aviemore. Little did we know that we would end up spending most of the day there. When I finished making the quilt top and showed it to my husband, the first words out of his mouth were “That’s Pitmedden Garden!” Henceforth, Pitmedden became the namesake of this quilt.
I can see why he thought of Pitmedden Garden. You can see the four quadrants of the garden and the walking path through them in this photo. I will share a lot more photos of this garden in one of the monthly Wandering Camera linky party posts.
I drew this pattern after seeing a flower through the window of my little atelier, and then combining it with a pinwheel pattern. Then, inspired by our travel to England – specially Derybyshire and Yorkshire – I made this mini using the pattern. The Tale Of Two Shires post has more on this mini.
Once I finished that one, I wanted to make a quilt for my kitties using the same colours, prints and quilting lines.
I think the blender fabrics for the flowers make them look like flower-patches, which I like even more than the idea of one flower per block.
I used the same quilting lines as I used for the one-block-mini. I love using my walking foot, so I try to come up with straight line quilting designs to complement my quilts.
The parallel lines on the quilting ruler were exceptionally helpful for this. I drew a line through the middle first, and then made the V-lines from each side meet there. That was the only way I was able to get a square-shaped diamond in the middle of the sashing instead of a rhombus.
I used the same acid green thread that I used for the one-block-mini. Much to my surprise, it worked really well with all four flower colours.
Finally, a green binding to mimic a green wall of shrubbery surrounding the garden.
That wraps up my quilt version of Pitmedden Garden. It is now being used by our little kitties on one of their many beds.
The Pinwheel Flower quilt pattern is available in my Etsy shop. It is a simple pattern, very quick to make. The 12″ size also makes for a nice size quilt with fewer blocks. Now I may just have to make one for ourselves!
This was also my one monthly goal, which I am happy to say I have accomplished. I am linking up with –