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Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2010

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.

Eldrid

Here are my previous entries:

Blogger’s Quilt Festival October 2009

Blogger’s Quilt Festival April 2009

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31 Responses

  1. Wow. Wow. Wow. Stunning corner of the world you live in and even stunninger (is that a word?!) quilt. Lovely.

  2. A very lovely and serene quilt to commemorate a wonderful trip. I like that so much I could stare at it for hours and not be bored. Thank you also for the other photos; they are all beautiful but the quality of the light, and the colors in the last really captures my interest.

    (I really hope this comment gets through–I have no idea whether they have on the other wordpress blogs I commented to. *makes sad face*)

  3. The scenery is beautiful and so is your quilt. It does have a very dreamy quality to it.

  4. Not only is your quilt beautiful, but your photography is really moving. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  5. A great tangible memory of your trip ! Priceless !

  6. It’s breath taking and your interpretation is spot on!

  7. Your story behind the quilt is lovely as are the photographs. Beautiful creation from a happy moment in time.

  8. Oh my goodness the pictures are gorgeous. And the quilt is so lovely. Wonderfully interpreted.

  9. Lovely, lovely quilt. You did indeed capture the feeling of “decorative mist” in the quilt. Thanks for sharing the story of your trip, the laughter, and the photos of a beautiful part of the world.

  10. What a great story. And I’ll bet your sister smiles each time she sees her quilt.

    Thanks for sharing. Regards, Sue

  11. stunning. thank you for sharing this story!

  12. your photos are beautiful, especially the last two. I love your header and the special small quilt you made. Very unique. Your very talented.

  13. What a great story – and a FABULOUS quilt! I love fog, we don’t get enough of it where I live. You live in a very beautiful place!

  14. What a wonderful travel momento. Thanks for sharing such a special time.

  15. What a wonderful story of a very special journey. I love the misty-ness that you created in your panels. This is truly an artful piece.
    Thank you for sharing your photos and story- it added so much to your post.

    Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
    Anna
    http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

  16. Wonderful interpretation of your friend’s restaurant. I like the very soft colors you have used. It sets the mood of a foggy landscape in a very fine way.

  17. Your quilt is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your story.

  18. I love it and the photos – what a wonderful trip for you and mom and sisters. How I would love to be able to see the countries that you went through – what wonderful memories.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

  19. Beautiful quilt and photography!

  20. I do love fog myself – your photos are beautiful! As is your quilt – I hope your sister appreciates the beauty of the fog now 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  21. I Like the fog

  22. It’s just beautiful, and I agree that fog can be very decorative! Your panels are lovely, I especially like the one with the fish-drying rack and the one you quilted here. Thank you so much for sharing the quilt and the story!

  23. Wow. I feel like I traveled through your story & quilt. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I am agree with you – the fog is fascinating and the quilt is lovely. Super quilting that emphasize the motif.

  25. What a wonderful trip. Delightful post. Beautiful quilt.

    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

  26. lovely quilt and your panels are fantastic. fun reading about your travels.

  27. What a wonderful trip! Your “Ladies Linking Loop” has inspired me! What a great way to bond and recreate that special place we all have in our hearts for the ladies in our lives! Your sister must have been brought to tears with such a gift! Thanks for the inspiration. You made my day!!!

  28. What a great souvenir thank you gift for your sister. Photo quilts are so much better than souvenir spoons.
    Come see my antique quilt entries
    http://utahquiltappraiser.blogpost.com
    http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com

  29. Your quilt is beautiful. I love how you’ve quilted the fog. You are an amazing photographer!

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