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Demolition and the fireball…

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

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,


4 Responses to “Demolition and the fireball…”

  1. Annabella Says:

    I completely empathize on the demolition issue – many of the villas in Marrakech from the French colonial period have been demolished to make way for apartment blocks. So sad as they are often very lovely with beautiful gardens. Happy to see you are enjoying your refound friend – enjoy!

  2. marycatharine Says:

    Ah, the ever popular concrete bunker… what’s not to love? The neighborhood I grew up in was filled with older (by Canadian standards anyway) homes and one concrete bunker, we’ve never been able to figure out why it was built.

    Your wall-hanging is very intriguing, the colours really remind me of a sunset.

  3. Wendy Says:

    Your wall hanging does look very striking, and yes different from your usual work. I like it.
    I agree that its sad to see an older place torn down to be replaced with some of the more boring new buildings, is it the neighbor herself who’s having this work done?

  4. Stephanie Says:

    I love the batik effect on your patchwork.
    So sad about the roses. Some people near us grubbed up their ancient orchard last year – beautiful old trees that were covered in fruit year after year. That nearly made me cry.