Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Rooms for Rent


I had an advantage, I felt, on this theme as I was the one to choose it. As soon as I figured out that the theme would be shelter, I knew what I wanted to do.

I enjoy birdwatching. In order to do that, I feed the birds throughout the year as well as provide nesting houses for them. I always get excited each year when certain birds return to the yard. This year, I think most of my nesting houses remained empty and I know it's because my cats scared the birds away. I can't blame the birds. I even sat the cats down and had a long talk with them about those nesting houses, but evidently it didn't sink in.

I love trying new techniques, and for my quilt I remembered an article by Liz Berg on abstract design that she wrote for Quilting Arts magazine. My background and the grasses and flowers are based on that technique. For the birdhouses, I just had to add some bright color to spice up the quilt.

9 comments:

Kristin L said...

It's such a cute, happy, Terri interpretation of the theme. Definitely "shelter," -- and it adds a nice light tone to our collection.

Gerrie said...

Love this. Your abstracted landscape is perfect. I love the pieced background in those subtle yellow greens.

Nikki said...

I absolutely love your bird houses. They are so happy and cheerful and bring a smile to my face. I would love to have a garden full of such lively shelters.

kirsty said...

Gorgeous :)
I adore the background (being one of mt favourite colours 'n all!)and it has a lovely richness.

Diane said...

You really excel at using color and pattern, Terri. This piece has so much charm and happiness! It's very "you." I think you did the abstraction a la Liz Berg very nicely, too!! This makes me smile.

Terry said...

So charming and almost musically rhythmic! I too, am in love with that green background. It says cool summer garden and sets off the whimsical birdhouses perfectly.

Françoise said...

Bright and happy quilt!
It's perfect.

Twisted Sister said...

I love this piece. It feels like those little posts are moving up and down, so happy to be holding up these charming little houses. Great colors too - I want to move in!
Jamie

Karen said...

Terri, this is so you, very bright and cheerful. The abstracted background is wonderful