“Foxgloves and Hollyhocks” by Holly Turnbull


“Foxgloves and Hollyhocks” by Holly Turnbull

Holly Turnbull’s “Foxgloves and Hollyhocks” is another one of my favorite quilts from the AQS Syracuse Qult Show in Syracuse, NY  last month. The whole scene looked so inviting.

I could just imagine the view from the round turret at the top of the quaint little house pictured above.IMG_3887

I wish my garden flourished as well as the window boxes and flowers seen here.IMG_3889

These pictures definitely do not do the quilt justice. Obviously, the overall design is beautiful, but the actual quilting was done really well, too. I wish the stiches showed up better in the photos. I will work on getting better pictures at the next show.
IMG_3885I also like the meandering sort of wave that the edge of the quilt has. It gives it such a dreamy, ethereal feel.

The first thing that I thought of when I saw this quilt was the 3-D chalkware plaques that my mom had when I was a kid. We used to have two of them but I only found this one in the basement.

Legends 3 D Chalkware

Legends 3 D Chalkware

I thought these were the coolest things when I was a kid. I remember I wanted to live in that cute little house with the thatched roof by the water. I think the 3-D effect was part of the draw for me. All the other pictures in the house were flat. This one, you could run your fingers over. I would imagine sitting on the dock with my feet in the water, feeding the ducks.

It’s made by Legends in England sometime in the early to mid 1970’s. My mom can’t remember where she got them.  I’d love to know if any of my readers had one of these. Let me know in the comments if you have any fond memories of your chalkware, especially if you had one of these cute cottage scenes. Let me know if you remember where you got it as well.

Things that make me smile:

  • Finding this chalkware in the basement and remembering my daydreaming days of childhood when life seemed so simple.
  • Dancing, shuffleboard, food, and drinks with Jim at Hot Mamma’s Canteen.
  • Getting extra wide backing material at Pine Grove Quilt Shop at 25% off. I think the sale runs through the end of the month for those of you who want to trek on out to Kenmore, NY.

Thanks for checking out my blog! Feel free to leave a comment. Until next time…

Let’s go spread some sunshine!




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