Friday, June 10, 2011

self-made man

I heeded the siren call for Wee Quilt entries from McDougall Cottage in Cambridge again this year.
The theme was DIY Plaid.

Self-Made Man
My clansmen were among the immigrants that became the early settlers of Canada.
The fields and rolling hills were their plaid; fallow, furrow and fold, their tartan. They were self-made men. DIY was their middle name. They bring to mind the old maxim, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without!"
In my piece, a rugged, weathered settler and draft horse toil in silhouette against the pieced and plaid backdrop of a Canadian homestead. Some of the plaid fabrics I used are from shirts worn by my father (1924-2010) and my father-in-law (1902-1983).  

Machine pieced, hand appliqued, hand quilted.