Looking for new design inspirations I took my camera out into the garden this morning.
white allamandas against an early morning sky
It was still a little overcast after a predawn shower and the flowers and plants were wet from the rain.
The garden isn’t looking at its best at the moment as I have been too busy quilting lately to devote as much time to it as I should. Everything grows so quickly in this climate and the garden can very quickly get out of hand. Perfect for small cats to play hide and seek in!
No one can see me here if I keep very still
The bougainvilleas also grow into huge shrubs here, and are in constant need of pruning.
Of course, Millie isn’t the least bit interested in gardening and thinks it is a complete waste of time as long as she has somewhere comfortable where she can lounge and keep an eye on things.
Millie looking contented with life
Madagascar periwinkles grow almost like weeds and crop up all over the garden, but they are pretty and add a bright splash of colour wherever they turn up. I have used them for inspiration for both a cross stitch design and a small quilt, so maybe it is time for another one.
I have yet to make a quilt featuring a Bird’s Nest Fern, but we have a beautiful specimen in the garden, and the best thing now is that the spores have been carried on the wind and we have new ones cropping up all over the place. I love the delicate curves of the new leaves as they unfurl.
Birds Nest Fern
My favourite colour is green and I love using it in my quilts. I have a large selection of fabrics in every possible shade of green and I’m working on my thread collection so here is yet another possiblity for a new design.
A pretty pair of toads
These toads were taking an early morning bath, but nice as they are, I’m not planning to put these into a quilt, unless of course, someone specially requested it. Frogs are very popular, and I have sold a large number of my tree frog wall hangings but I don’t think toads have quite the same appeal.
Well, that’s all for now. I think I have given myself some new ideas to think about once I have done my final craft show tomorrow.