Hollyhocks Wall Hanging. One Christmas I recieved "Pieced Flowers" by Ruth B. McDowell. This was a wall hanging I had to do. I am really pleased with it.
Acer Pensylvanicum is the only American member of the Snake Bark maples, a common group in Japan and China. It is an understory tree native to the northeast, very slow growing, with smooth beautifully striped bark and leaves that turn butter-yellow in the fall.
A group of jersey heifers in a shed at Fort Morrison Farm in Colrain, Massachusetts gave me a photograph which I used for the drawing from which this quilt was made. The girl on the right was most interested in who/what I was, the others were hoping for a handout. The dark shadows of the shed with slanting light behind, and the repeated pattern of the stanchions make elements to combine with the personalities of the cows.
Three Ducks 21” x 36” 53 x 91 cm ©2011 Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Cotton Fabrics, Cotton Batting by Ruth B. McDowell The color of quilts often comes from the fabrics I have on hand. I decided to use a great variety of the black-and-white prints for the ducks, then remembered the Alexander Henry blue-and green grass, then
Actually, this quilt is really called "Red Bridge", but I mislabeled it for some reason. The bridge is a small wooden drawbridge in Trondheim, Norway. The wooden parts are painted in a glowing Norwegian red. In addition to more standard red quilting fabrics, I used some that had been made for use in traditional Norwegian costumes.