Hey festival-goers, WELCOME TO POPPYPRINT!
Allow me to introduce MuuMuu Bijoux to you. This is MuuMuu:
She's frolicking in the Hawaiian sun with her groovy gal pals in search of sea life...can you spot a lobster, a starfish, a scallop shell and a sea horse? They're all right there, hiding in the sand. This quilt should be new to most of you, unless you've gone way back in the archives to my first ever post. It was done in 2004 and it is by far the most favourite-ist thing I've ever made. For many reasons....here are a few (most of them representing quilting 'firsts' for me):
Free cut and pieced curves
Improvisational flying geese
A yo-yo sun (paper pieced then appliqued on)
This quilt represents the first time I made something inspired by a real person, my late mother-in-law. Almost every year, B's family would vacation in Maui. His mom would purchase Hilo Hatie (Hawaiian fabric), bring it home and make a muumuu for herself for loungin'. The 'bijoux' in the title refers to the jewel tones of the dress fabrics on all the beach girls. I wanted to celebrate the vast range of body sizes and colours you see on a vacation beach.
I learned to make the 'paper dolls' at a class taught locally by Barb Mortell, an inspiring Vancouver quilt artist. I believe this will remain my all-time favourite quilt for many years to come. I could stare at it for hours as I love all of the colours and am very proud of the quilting. I'm not sure I've quilted anything quite as well since!
Thanks for visiting....enjoy the rest of the quilts in the festival and by all means, come back again soon!