It Takes a Village

Actual size: 14 X 7.5 
Scale Size: 85 X 45 
Fused appliqué

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Although fusing 192 very small pieces of fabrics was a challenge, this piece was a lot of fun to make.  The inspiration came from a painting entitled Hillside Village.  The artist, Nancy Monsman, generously allowed me to use her painting as my muse for this quilt.  Because I didn't have enough "village" to fill the size I needed, I blended Nancy's Wine Country Sun into the fray.  I was so happy with the result, I awarded it first place in my little quilt show!  The shadows, windows and doors are inked, and the quilting was done with matching cotton thread on every building, rooftop, and landscape.  Whew, I get exhausted just remembering how many times I changed thread colors and how many knots I buried. 

This quilt could only belong to one person in our family . . . my granddaughter, Lauren, because it takes a village to raise her.  She is spunky, energetic, and determined, but we wouldn't have her any other way.
photograph by John Stalowy  
  photograph by Shelley Emslie