a childhood memory

With ‘childhood memories’ as the theme, I set out to make the next fabric journal page in my local quilting group’s art group challenge. My sister reminded me of a beach shack we used to go to for our summer holidays when we were children. Our Dad used to rent it from a friend and we would head up to Moonta Bay, north of Adelaide, to stay in this little rough-and-ready shack for a couple of days. There wasn’t much at Moonta Bay in those days, and our weeks would be spent on the beach.
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I wanted to make this in a style of using all hand-stitching, scrap fabrics and imprecise seams.
I started out with the background, adding border strips with a black backstitch so the stitches would peek through from the front.
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The I had to go through my scraps and work out what bits and pieces I would need.
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I cut out all the little shapes and stitched them on with backstitch, leaving the raw edges to roughen up.
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The cheesecloth that I added for the sky was a piece that was the perfect colour, graduating from sandy to blue.

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And then embellished with more handstitching.
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Amanda can even remember the milk can which would be filled with our daily milk order.
I then turned under the edges of the border and attached it to a pievce of natural linen.

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I did this piece in the style of the quilter Janet Bolton- check out her work.
I’m linking up here to Nina-Marie Sayre’s blog “Off the Wall Friday“- have a look at what some creative people can do!