I loved thinking about the theme for this quarter. It suggested lots of different ideas both about the physical nature of light, and about light - and the contrast between light and dark - as a metaphor. You can read more about it on my blog today.
With a sub-theme "light in the darkness", I realize my title, "Backyard Camping", could be misleading. However, when considering all the possibilities for this theme, I kept coming back to one of my favorite memories: camping, whether in the backyard or the Girl Scout Camp or a state park. I should note that my eyesight is terrible and has been since I was very little. Because of this, I think, being in the darkness is something I adapt to pretty well -- and with a tiny bit of direct light (even the LED displays around the house) I'm good to go! A flashlight, for me, is a beacon.
So, let me introduce "Backyard Camping":
In this piece I tried to focus on fabrics which helped tell the story -- that wonderful Marcia Derse piece for the tree, the many shades of green for the lawn by way of Paintbrush Studio Paint Chips, a wonderfully aged tan from Cherrywood Fabrics for the tent. And although it is hard to see, there is a shimmery tea bag over the girl in the tent (my better half puts all coffee and tea grinds in our small garden and held onto the tea bag casings, thinking I might be able to use them for Four-in-Art - so totally thoughtful!).
I took this piece to the cemetery for her "filming" and if nothing else, it adds great filtered light.
The tree, the tent and the girl are all hand appliques; the rest, machine pieced. There is echo quilting around the tree and tent and while I had considered metallic work in the sky, it felt darker to leave it alone.
I read, a lot, and have since childhood. And yep, Nancy Drew was my favorite for years (along with Trixie Belden, Donna Parker, Cherry Ames). So, that girl, in the tent reading: me, always! And with a flashlight (which did not make the cut in this piece).
For the backing I hit my stash for a wonderful little "camping" scenario - how perfect!
Usually I love getting to the label. This time I so enjoyed putting together this story that the end was somewhat bittersweet. But summer is almost here and we live away from the city lights so spending time outside at night, on a porch or walking around at dusk, brings back the feel of "backyard camping".