A Walk in the Park

“Let us to go for a walk in the park”, she said.
“We will take some bread for the ducks
And jam jars to catch fishes in
And, maybe, a skipping rope…”
“The blackbird is sure to be singing,” she said,
“And children will be flying kites,
Making castles in the sandpit,
And throwing balls for their dogs”.
“You can watch the butterflies dancing,” she said.
And I’ll see how high I can swing…
Then, perhaps, you will buy ice creams
To eat on the bus back home”.

August 1st was a Reveal Day for The Endeavourers. If you haven’t already, I hope you will visit to see the wonderful collection of quilts everyone has made in response to this quarter’s theme – A Walk in the Park.

I struggled for a long time to find inspiration for this theme and, even when I eventually remembered how enthusiastic my pre-school self was about visiting our local park and how my brothers and I used to beg my mother to take us there, my thoughts ended up coming in words rather than pictures. I have been too long away from a needle and thread!

For a long time I have thought about having a traditional quilt block as a background for a picture and it’s something I’ve never tried so I made a QAYG block in Summer colours. I bagged it and then I appliqued images onto it to illustrate the poem.

I attached the bird and kite overlapping the edge of the quilt, which is something I’ve not done before and I like the effect of that but I think the general arrangement would definitely have benefitted from having a clearer concept or more time to experiment with the scale and placement of the various elements.

I used to be very last minute with these sorts of challenges but this is the first time in a couple of years that I’ve rushed to put something together at the eleventh hour and it has made me realise how much I prefer the leisurely approach of starting early and having plenty of time to experiment and let a quilt evolve as it grows.

I hope you are finding time to craft at a speed that suits you :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

5 thoughts on “A Walk in the Park

  1. piecefulwendy

    You’ve added so many things that bring back memories — swinging, kite flying, catching bugs in jars. So fun! Having time to think and plan is definitely a plus. I’m already thinking on the next theme, and I think I have a plan. We’ll see if I can pull it off!


  2. Maureen

    I do like this quilt so much!
    I usually am putting the finishing touches on my quilts the morning of Reveal Day. This last challenge I was done 10 days ahead of time and found the wait for The Day difficult. I already know exactly what I want to do for Dreams, except I have too many ideas about how to do it! I would like to allow myself to play more with this quilt. I might have a series come November 1st!


  3. Carol

    I like that you tried a new technique and that this group promotes it. I like that we are looking down on the little girl as she swings. I absolutely love that you added a black bird…I’ll think it’s one of my beloved crows waiting for her to drop the bread pieces for him to snack on. That kite is flying high as I look down from above. It’s a perfect block that piques the imagination.
    xx, Carol


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