One of the wonderful things about living in the country is you have so much 'outdoors'. In an urban area, your outdoors can be as small as a balcony. Hubby and I are fortunate enough to count our outdoors in acres. It is filled with wild flowers, a large variety of happy animals and birds as well as our own little cultured (barely) area.
Throughout history, humans have turned land into places where they can live. Gardens range from a few potted plants to vast estates of walkways, topiary, water features, hedges and a myriad of shrubs and flowers. The challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors for this month is the great outdoors and it was these ordered gardens that gave me my inspiration for my Great Outdoors quilt. My fabric is called Birds and Bees and it is covered with those creatures in many colours as you will see from the display below.
I love, love the great Outdoors fabric line and wanted to use as much of it as possible. I also wanted keep the pattern simple so the material was the star and not the design. Formal Gardens is the result.
It was designed to look like those very ordered, everything in its own place so popular during Elizabethan times. This is so far from what my garden looks like that it made a nice (almost humorous) contrast in my mind.
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