I’ve been quite sad this week, looking out of my window watching the beautiful, elegant villa behind our house being demolished. I imagine it was built in the 1950’s or 1960’s, but the design was so attractive that it hadn’t dated at all really. It has the most beautiful manicured gardens and I could have cried as the climbing roses were cut down last week, before they even had a chance to flower. Oh well, the owner must have had enough – it’s certainly too big for the one elderly lady who lives there. So now it’s being demolished, to be replaced by something one-storey and MODERN. I hope to goodness it isn’t a concrete bunker, because they seem to be very popular round here at the moment. I suppose at least it isn’t being replaced by a housing estate!
I’ve been tootling along with my foundation pieced fireball. The remaining fabric situation is looking a little precarious, so I may need to get a bit creative. I’m really enjoying myself and I think it’s going to be quite a dramatic piece once it’s done – which makes it all the more extraordinary that I had so totally managed to forget about it. Funny that!
This piece is typical of contemporary Swiss patchwork. Here, quilters use a lot of batiks and patchwork tends to be the antithesis of classic American patchwork and quilting. Exhibitions in Switzerland are usually full of art quilts – many of which are very dramatic. On the whole I’m a bit out of step with what’s going on. I love the good old patterns and scrappy quilts that are meant to be used, but once in a while it’s nice to do something a bit different, like this little wall-hanging.
with best wishes,