Wednesday, 6 July 2011

A Special Birthday

Happy birthday greetings today to my lovely granddaughter. Yes, little Ella is one year old. Here she is, the beautiful little girl who has brought such joy to us all. And it’s a very typical photograph: Ella looking happy, and slightly cheeky, that’s just how she is.

She is holding a lovely quilt, specially made as a present for her mother by Chris Hill, a theatre director friend of Hannah’s. He called it Flowers for Ella, and gave these interesting comments:
“The larger flowers in the garden are made from antique fabrics (mainly from the 60's and 70's) to follow quilting's roots of 'make do and mend' but I mixed them with contemporary quilt fabrics in the smaller flowers (as it was made for a modern lady!). I wanted to do something more like a literal garden rather than a traditional geometric pattern so the flowers are appliqu├ęd on a small section of hard wearing John Lewis fabric my mum bought when I was Ella's age (the piece she had left wasn't the right shape, hence the seam down the centre). Border and binding were chosen to bring out the colours, and the backing was pieced together from scraps (although I do like the pea-pod children!). Quilts have been labelled since the story/message quilts of the American wild west in order to help trace each quilt's roots so I thought it only right to follow tradition.
There you go. Some detail to go with the beautiful detailed pictures of the quilt.”

Chris Hill - director, and quilt-maker extraordinaire

There are more photos of the quilt here.
And many photographs of Ella’s first year here.

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