I love being on holiday, and I really love that even now, the kids wake up and say that they wish they could go back to Menorca again.
There are way fewer arguments, fewer tantrums and fewer stresses when we are away. We have been so lucky to find somewhere so perfect for all of us, we haven't ruled out yet another return visit!
This year we took a glass-bottom boat trip that was pretty much the highlight of holiday, and that day won't be forgotten any time soon, especially now I have cast my quilty-eye over it!
When we got back home at the end of August, it was only a matter of time before I was plotting for Fiona's competition. Not only has she gathered an awesome bunch of sponsors, but the idea is genius. I have been looking at my mini-quilt every day since I finished it, and still get that smiley feeling about being away. Thank you Fiona!
I wanted to try something new, and Lu's book was just the perfect inspiration I needed; thanks Lu too. I am really proud that I have created something so far removed from everything I have made before.
It turned out exactly how I pictured it in my head and most importantly, the children could pick out so many of the references unprompted!
I couldn't bring myself to use only solids, but I really had to be strict with myself not to overload on prints, so a select few and some treasures from my scrap bag from Ms Fanny, and I think I have got the balance right. I realise this won't be to everyone's taste, and you could all just think I have made a right old mess, but to me it really is an extra, special, souvenir.
Thank you again to Fiona for encouraging me to do something completely different and to break out of my comfort zone.
Honestly, solids, improv and real-life inspiration - who knew I could eh?!
Some important deets:
Measurements: 26.5" x 20.5"
Pieced & quilted - Aurifil 50wt 2021
Kona solids - Simply Solids
Hand-printed scraps - Leanne Fanny/The Little House Martin
Scraps inc. Moda crossweaves, RB Chevrons, Sherbet Pips and Architextures
Backed with Moda Muslin - Eclectic Maker
Make sure you take a look at all the other holiday memories appearing over at Celtic Thistle Stitches too, and if you have turned your holiday memory into a cushion, bag or mini-quilt, don't forget you have until this Friday to link up.