I was standing behind the door when the sewing skills were handed out, so I am in awe of anyone who can handle a sewing machine! I am even more in awe of those women who are clever enough to sew love and fabric together in the form of Log Cabin quilts.
The expertise of the women who forge Log Cabin out of equal parts of skill, perseverance, care and love, gives these quilts a very special aura. So it is with some trepidation that I bring out some of my favourite quilts to be part of a still life painting. A precious cloth, under a top-heavy vase of flowers – what could possibly go wrong!
If the flowers are gum blossoms, they produce copious amounts of sticky, watery nectar. This drips from the blossoms over the course of several days onto my Log Cabin cloth! If the painting is done in pastel (as several of these are) then the pastel dust covers my precious quilt. The dust and the honey make a thorough mess of my very special fabrics! However it is all worth it, because these beautiful and colourful fabrics add their own deep warmth to a painting.