Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Beautiful gardens & Puff is finished!

On Sunday, my family and I headed up into the hills to visit some gardens. It was cold but the fresh air and serene beauty filled us all with renewed vigour!

I don't think I need to write any more words here! I'll let the photos do the talking!

Puff is finished!

I completed my Puff the Magic Dragon quilt too! :-) He embarked on his plane journey to England yesterday... It would have been cheaper for him to fly himself... but he said that his wings were too new to be broken-in on such a long trip. What can I say? I'm a big softie!

I really love the fabric used for the back of the quilt. I had earmarked it for a fairy house, but it just 'went' with this project so well. Sewing on the binding was pure bliss, just looking at the colours and how they play with eachother put a big contented smile on my face. I know... I should get out more often eh?!! :-)

I quilted the curly smoke being breathed from Puff's mouth. And because Puff 'lived by the sea', I quilted waves by his feet. The 'Autum mist' was insinuated in the white clouds above his head. However, I don't think the quality of the quilting portrays these ideas. But that doesn't matter!

I hope you are all having a good week?

Until next time - happy creating! :-)


Nikki said...

Yes - the photos speak!

Love puff, too. Very cute!

Dolores said...

Beautiful photos Vikki. You did a wonderful job on Puff. Lucky recipient!

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

Dear sweet Vikki,
You should be so very very proud, What a wonderful dragon, and the garden arches, so beautiful indeed. I agree with the comment you made on my blog, medieval is what i should have said, and a little bit Wicca, which is something quite different

CottageBliss said...

The garden photos are fabulous, story-book charming and I could linger there for a lifetime! Beautiful! You did an amazing job with the whole piece.

I DO feel your quilting his smoke and the waves completes the story...and gives the viewer more to consider and see.


blushing rose said...

Puff is adorable ... someone will be thrilled! TY for sharing your garden pics ... so relaxing & beautiful. TTFN ~Marydon

Anna Rosa Designs said...

There are some fantastic photo's here.
I can see quite a few that would make great paintings...

You have done a great job on the Puff quilt. Ohhh, I love the backing fabric.
Well done.

Vicki ♥ said...

No wonder you had a wonderful time there as those photos are really great and makes me want to go there and explore the places. Your puff the dragon quilt has turned out great and I like your ideas of the smoke and the waves. Great creation Vikki :) hugs hugs

Jo in TAS said...

Gorgeous garden pics! and you've done a marvellous job with Puff! I'm sure he's going to be loved.

Deb said...

Hi Hun, I bet you are just being modest and those are actually your back gardens where Aaron and Rosie play--lol!
Hey Puff looks fabulous, you deserve to be really pleased. I know what you mean about postage to the UK though, its shocking isn't it. I sent an A4 envelope with just some papers in it the other day and it was $16 NZ. Maybe they should build a tunnel from the pacific to the UK, not the Channel tunnel but the Pacific tunnel with turn offs to Aus, NZ etc. I don't think its asking much!
Gosh obviously I have far too much time on my hands-lol

ralhig said...

Great job on puff Vik. Well done - just trying to catch up with your blog entries Ral XX

Liz said...

Well done with that quilting, no one would guess it's your first time, it's turned out really well,

Jenny of Elefantz said...

The gardens are breathtaking, Vikki! And Puff is 'smokin' HOT!!! You clever thing you!!!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

I loved the fabrics you chose for your puff quilt and knew it would be spectacular when finished. Well done!!

I bet a littel part of you was sad to send him on his way to the UK.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Simone de Klerk said...

Lovely pictures and waht a grea finish (O:

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Vikki! WOW! Puff looks positively SPLENDIFEROUS!! I'm sure he will delight the little recipient - heck! He'd delight ME!! :0) You've done a fantastic job on this quilt! Can't wait to see your next one! Bear Hugs! KRIS

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Puff is amazing - I bet he was hard to part with:)


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