Friday, August 27, 2010

Project Quilting - Nursery Rhyme

The final challenge of the first season of Project Quilting required that a nursery rhyme be the inspiration.  No other restrictions were given and the translation did not need to be literal. 

I worked on this for most of the week...

with Cinderella as my inspiration.  While stitching Saturday morning, the day before the challenge was due, I was composing the narrative in my head.  I remembered watching the prince offer his hand to Cinderella for their first dance together and how my heart went pitter-patter.  I'm a confirmed tomboy with jeans and a T-shirt as my "uniform" for the winter and cut-offs and a tank top for the summer.  But there's something about a fancy dress and a waltz that gets me.  Around about this time in my musings it dawned on me (I'll bet you were WAY ahead of me) that Cinderella is not a nursery rhyme.  Drat!  Duh!  Drat!

Her dress was set aside and I started again.  This time with the nursery rhyme....

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

A little research on the web told me I didn't want any more inspiration thank you very much.  Ick.   So I thought about niece Mary (and, no, she's not contrary! just pretty & sweet) watering a pretty garden with rows of flowers.   As ruffles were to be a part of my original quilt I couldn't let go of the idea.  I ruffled some strips of green and sewed them into the seams of the quilt for grass. Then I ruffled down the center of a few small print floral fabrics and sewed through the center for rows of flowers above the grass. 

Next I quilted stems and leaves between the grass and the flowers and surrounded all of it with green and white stripes to represent a white picket fence.

Mary started a web-site this week for her business called "re:Fresh by Mary" so I had a little fun with the name and called my finished project "Mary's re:Fresh-ing Garden".

All the rest of the projects can be seen at the Flickr page and at Kim's Crafty Apple.


Pat said...

That is very clever...and I like Cinderella's dress, sure you'll use it in something else fun!

Cara said...

Beautiful garden. I love it!