The sun could hardly have shone brighter over Sydney Harbour on Christmas Day.
And the balmy weather continued right through to New Year.
[photo by City of Sydney]
But a few days later the heavens opened and it seemed as if the torrential summer rain would never stop. Perfect weather! For finally getting started on a quilt, that is.
For months I've admired Hillside Houses by Cristina Tepsick of Pretty Little Quilts.
Apart from the stunning play of colours, light and shade, I imagine any of us can look at this pattern and, with just a little poetic license, see a resemblance to a special landscape from our own life's experience.
For me, it's a little like the mansions built on the slopes beside Sydney Harbour, except, of course they're nestled among mature trees and gardens. It's also a little like the staggered skyline of the high rise apartment buildings where I live. And it's even like the pretty little houses I've seen on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea.
The pattern comes with instructions for three sizes, to make a miniquilt, a wall hanging or a throw size quilt, and I chose the wall hanging. There are twelve blocks, each one different, and so far I've completed eight.
Row #1 Completed
Row #2 Completed
Making a quilt entirely from solids is a new experience for me, but I can see they're perfect for this colour block design, adding crispness and dimension to the angles of the houses.
So here's my design wall, and my progress so far.
Just four blocks to go
Do these hillside houses remind you of somewhere special?