Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Monday, 6 August 2018

Did he cross the River Styx?

I marvel at the way some stories have comedown through the centuries. Charon, the boatman, paid with a coin. Did this person indeed cross the river or pass by and go over the bridge?

Skull #4, did he cross the bridge

The library beckoned last week,and two books came home. One was

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, by Sherri Lynn Wood, I read this and  decided it was not for me.

However the second one was a winner. Great designs, fabulous fabrics, and this skull was the first to be made.You could do a single skull or make more and have a wonderful quilt.Here are all the quilts inside,look at those two different log cabins.Can you see the single skull, next to the whole quilt? I used bright pink,  similar to the colour there.

Quilt with Tula and Angela cover photo

He flew on his broomstick, hanging in the Weeping Silver Pear tree,  that we planted in memory of Hugh’s Dad . Waved in the wind, after all the pins were removed and some actual quilting done. Straight lines in the skull, some FMQ in the eyes ( not easy)  and a Bernina stitch # 160,  in the outer fabric, I varied the length as the lines went to the outside edge, to mimic waves in the water.

Skull with a sideways grin

Skull #2, a blowin' in the wind

The red eyes showed up in this last photo.

Skull #3, red eyes.

He might be on his way to another home later in the year.After all,  every good  skull  needs a loving place to rest.

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ Clouds might come into your life,

with rain or storms,

but they will always colour the sunset with happiness”

Greetings from Jean


Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I like the wavy water quilted in the borders and once you pointed out his red eyes I can see them all along. Looks like you had a bit of play and fun making this one.

Jenn Jilks said...

You are so amazing!!!! I love it!

Inger said...

I always smile when I read your post because you are so creative. The happiness and satisfaction you gain from your quilting shines through and spreads out into the blogger world. And makes me smile.

Carol Mattingly said...

I absolutely love that. Amazing. That would be a great thing to use for a display during Halloween. Love it. Carol

Nancy J said...

Thanks for all your comments, I have just clicked on the top photo, and if I do another, will make sure the wavy water lines are all the same as at the bottom, I went round and round, and did not reverse the stitch at the top. Halloween, a great idea.Red eye, I had in mind a long plane flight!!!

Leeanne said...

Well done, is he a keeper?

Nancy J said...

Leeanne, I thought he might fly away before Christmas, but after looking at the stitching for the "waves", think I will do another one altogether, with all the waves going the same way, maybe in other colours. I have seen some as cushion covers, and they look wonderful. It is amazing what you find on Google, under " Sugar Skulls"!!

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

Jean, your skull made my day. You are just the most fun to read, always. Thanks for linking up to Clever Chameleon. xx

Out To Pasture said...

A very 'up market' version of a skull and cross bones flag. I'm glad you had fun with this bold and colourful artwork.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

What a great wall hanging! Spooky holiday fun!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, you are creative. I like how the eyes look. He has a lovely place to rest. Great quote! Enjoy your day and week ahead!

Our photos said...

Nice ! I like the red skull !

KB said...

I love the skull - such bold bright colors and contrast! The photos of the skull are fabulous, blowing in the wind. Thanks for sharing - you are SO talented!

Jayne said...

This is so great!! Love all the quilting you did and the eyes are pure perfection!

Allie-oops Designs said...

Well how fun is that - gorgeous!!

Fundy Blue said...

I love the subjects that you quilt, Jean, and the skull was a vibrant delight! I adore clouds of every shape and size, in all their moods and colors. You always find the best quotes!