My label is complete! The label I chose was from a bottle of wine from the Auk Island winery in Twillingate, Newfoundland. Back in 2008 I was lucky enough to hang out in St John’s and thoroughly fell in love with the city. This photo was taken from Southside Road and shows the colourful houses of the heritage district in the downtown core. (Click on picture for larger view.) Check out this link to the history of Jelly Bean Row houses: http://www.nlgeotourism.com/content/jellybean-row-houses/nflEC26BA27FE57F32E9
After drinking this not so good wine (sorry Auk Island) I peeled the label off and recycled the bottle. I decided to start with a background canvas of 15 1/2″ x 13.” I love working free form…the purple and white fabrics were over laid about 3″ and then I cut a gentle curve through this area. After stitching these two pieces together I was able to see how big the row houses would be. These houses were fused onto the background after they were randomly cut to fit together. The windows and doors were also free form cut. I like to say it’s about being whimsical but really it’s because I cannot draw a straight line! Besides this is much more fun! Most of the work putting this together was from the stitching on the windows. The letters were all hand drawn and raw edge stitched. I decided to added 2 1/2″ borders to the sides of this piece and bound it with the background purple. Finished size: 19″ x 13.”
I really enjoyed the freedom of working on this piece and am looking forward to make a few more from photos taken on various trips. A little side bar, if you haven’t been to Newfoundland you should go. And on this side of the country a visit to Haida Gwaii is a must as well! Lot’s to see and be inspired.
Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye