Amy, – Park City Girl, – is once again organizing the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. Every blogger is encouraged to show one of their quilts and link to the event. It is great fun to surfe all the different blogs and see and read about the many different quilts displayed.
This year I have decided to show you a small and very simple quilt, which has some fond memories attached to it.
When my mother turned 80, my eldest sister, who then lived in the north of Norway, arranged to take her along on a trip to see the Kola peninsula, and Murmansk. Since two of the original party had to cancel, my youngest sister and I were invited to join. So there we went, mother and three sisters, happily driving along the roads in the Arctic. We were able to see part of the Varanger peninsula before entering Russia, and the trip was prolonged so we also drove through Finland and Sweden and ended the trip by enjoying a week in the Lofoten area.
We kept a travelling blog, and since I was appointed “official blog photographer”, I could really indulge in using my camera, and try everyone’s patience more than I otherwise would have done (perhaps). However, they all thought it went a bit too far when I wanted to photograph the fog near Ekkerøy, – and on our first day too. The fog!!? Why?
My argument was that I thought the fog was decorative, – which made everyone laugh, but my sister stopped the car, and I got my photos. We had a lot of fun with the “decorative fog” throughout the trip, – my companions pointing out to me every clump of fog or mist, and as we went on, every interesting house, or flower, or green straw that I might want to point my camera at. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much in the course of two weeks as I did then.
Afterwards I used some of the photos I took to make up some of my fabric panels, and chose the one from Ekkerøy to make into a small quilt for my sister, who arranged the trip.
A friend of hers owns the red house in the background, which has been turned into a restaurant.
I used hand painted fabric for the border, and used silver metallic for the quilting. Of course I called it “Decorative Mist”.
On this page on my website I have explained more about the general inspiration for the fabric panels, and what went into the making of them.
Although we have more fog and clouds here than most of us would prefer, I still think they add to the scenery in some ways, and are fascinating to look at. Sometimes the landscape is softened, like in the first photo, and at other times it adds interest or drama…
……. . . even mystique.
Some of my fabric panels will be given as prizes over at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, so be sure to go to there and submit a comment on the post to enter the drawing.
Here are my previous entries: