This month’s colour for the Colour My World Challenge with M-R at Quilt Matters is yellow, which I expected would be quite seasonal. Here are some very yellow photos I took in April last year…
|April in Pictures 2011|
…but what has happened to Spring this year? I took these two photos yesterday…
So, as I was pondering what I could make using just yellows, all this unseasonableness got me thinking about Persephone and Demeter and I chanced upon Hymn to Demeter. It is an interlinear translation with copious notes and I really couldn’t recommend it more highly.
I considered (very aspirationally!) the possibility of an amazing goddess image – something along the line of Jen Delyth or Emily Balivet…or perhaps of doing something with this image – maybe a Mycenae earring lying amongst corn stalks.
|Image from Hymn to Demeter|
|8 1/2 square of random width yellow strips|
|close straight line quilting, using variegated thread|
But, having spent so long reading/procrastinating I was running out of time so I decided I’d better simplify and use this image instead…
|corn goddess pewter pendant|
|corn goddess in progress|
Some parts worked better than others. I was reasonable pleased with the bottom half but the wadding was quite tricky to work with. I wonder if felt might be better as it would be more stable?
The top half is very clunky and lumpy at the edges though. I really must take a class or get a book that describes how to do this sort of thing properly :(
She has definitely ended up looking more like a corn dolly that corn goddess.
But she is yellow, I’ve met the colour my world deadline, I’ve tried something new, the seeds are starting to grow and, at least for the moment, the sun is shining.
22 thoughts on “Colour My World Yellow”
I do love this and your inspiration /progress photos! wonderful quilting and handstitching too! x belated happy birthday too!
Erin @ Billy Button Design
Very creative aren't you. Love the hand stitching too.
It hasn't stopped raining here too…April Showers, May Flowers…(I hope)
Issabella The Cat
Happy belated birthday!
I'm in denial about Beltine being tomorrow it's too blinking grey and bare! we'll still be headed out though just with wellies and winter coats on :D
I think your goddess looks lovely and vibrant, just whats needed given the weather!
this is GREAT!! where are you at since you didn't get flowers yet, I'm in NC-USA and we had NO winter, so flowers bloomed early then we got a night of frost a few weeks apart in april and some plants died, this week is supposed to be 87 except today which will rain….. NC weather is so ODD!
Fabulous corn goddess! Let summer begin :D
Janine, this is gorgeous! I love hearing about your creative process and the results are wonderful! Love it!
Marjorie's Busy Corner
Janine…this is wonderful too, I just looked at M-Rs piece. talented ladies that I know…lol.
I really like it. your pics are great and the yellow is so vibrant. Great job!!!
Hopefully your goddess will inspire Spring to come! She is really lovely, Janine. Happy Birthday too!
I think she is beautiful! Happy Birthday!!
She looks great and Happy Birthday! I love the hand quilting on the corn cob bottom. I planted some flowers last week, but it snowed on top of them… can't wait for spring to really hit!
What Comes Next?
she is lovely! Definitely a Golden Goddess! I do hope spring arrives soon…
Benta At SLIKstitches
I think she's fab! Well done!
Your corn goddess is lovely. I am really taken with the simplicity of it. And, thanks for sharing your inspiration along the way.
Love the colors! You've done a great job. Happy birthday to you! Mine was April 1Oth :)
I really love the quilting – the striaght lines and the hand stitching you used!
As soon as I saw you lovely quilt, I thought she looked like corn. Love the story behind your quilt and goddess.
Belated happy birthday. You certainly gave yourself a challenge and met it! You are always so good at providing details of your inspiration too, I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts. Thanks
It is just stunning and I love the story!! I just love yellow, it makes me so happy!! Thanks for linking up :)
I love the yellow corn goddess quilt.
I love this! So cute – and love your inspiration photos too. I don't love yellow myself and don't often use it in quilts except in combination with others, but this could convince me to change my mind! So happy :)
Great job Janine!
Oh yes, another fabulous project, just love this one.
Thanks for linking up for Quilty Embellishment Day!