New fabric arrived at the Riley Blake Designs warehouse less than a week before Quilt Market.
|Prairie Rose by Sue Daley for Riley Blake Designs|
I finished putting the quilt together by Wednesday afternoon which left a day and a half to quilt and bind it in time for Market. The quilting (and my packing) was done by 2am Friday morning, then I slapped the binding on and went to bed; got up a couple of hours later and caught the plane bound for Market. About five minutes from landing in Houston, I tied the last knot to finish hand-stitching. Whew!
|with Sue Daley and her Prairie Rose display in the Riley Blake Designs booth|
I thought of calling the quilt "Bound Over Houston" but changed my mind when I met the adorable fabric designer, Sue Daley, and learned that she is from Australia.
That brought to mind my husband's grandmother Vivienne, also from Australia, who wrote a little inspirational note that I found in an old recipe box of hers, which I keep on the wall of my quilt studio:
Dare to be different and set my own pattern.
Live my life and follow my own star."
Vivienne's ancestors were Huguenots who had immigrated from France to South Africa to escape religious persecution in the 1700s. During political unrest in the early 1900s, Her father had sent Vivienne and her mother to Australia, where she grew up and happened to meet a handsome young man, J. Cash Smith, from Smithfield, Utah, USA. After he returned home, Cash asked his father, "What do you do when you find yourself in love with someone on the other side of the world?" His father told him, "If I had to swim the oceans myself, I'd go back for her." So he did. Go back to Autralia, that is, where they were married, then returned to Utah with his new bride.
A city girl, Vivienne brought elegance to the little Utah town. A beautiful seamstress, she sewed lovely, flowy dresses (it was the 1920's), had excellent manners and was very formal and proper, for a dairy farmer's wife. At age 65, she began painting, mostly roses, and pastoral scenes that surrounded their home. She definitely followed her own star.
All I have learned about Vivienne and her life seems to suit this quilt. The "Prairie Rose" fabric itsself, and the fact that it was designed by an Australian, speaks of her immigration halfway around the world. It speaks of her love of flowers, and even includes some stars. Her little saying seems a perfect fit for her life and to remember her with this quilt.
Now, what to call it? Vivienne's Stars? Vivienne's Roses? Vivienne's Quilt? A Warm Hug from Grandma Vivienne? Vivienne's Travels? Vivienne's Journey? just "Vivienne?" I need to decide a name so I can finish the pattern to send along with the quilt to Sue Daley for her booth at the upcoming Australian Quilt Market in Melbourne. In a way, it will be like saying "Bon Voyage" to Grandma Vivienne.