I’m devoting this year to making a sort of a series of quilts based on my impressions of Germany. So far it’s pretty much landscapes, as I am impressed by the differences between the areas in Germany in which I’ve lived and Southern California where I grew up. This one revealed itself to me while driving home from an aquaintance’s house this winter. I had wanted to do something with free-form sliced up blocks, and the forest I drove through that day looked exactly like what I had in mind construction-wise. When deciding how to quilt this, I got a wild hair and dove into quilting a castle.
Wow, busy. All that quilting may have been a bit misguided, but I had to try it, and once I jumped in, it was too late to turn back. Besides, what’s the point if can’t take chances, right?
Since German trees are all catalogued, I added numbers to a few of mine. This one is marked with my son’s age this year:
Here’s the back so you can see most of the castle. It is based mostly on my favorite castle, Burg Eltz (not near my house, but inland from the intersection of the Rhein and Mosel rivers). Mainly due to it’s location, the castle has never been destroyed (as many were, thanks to Napoleon and others) and so it is quite authentic. I love the way it has grown over the centuries with many additions in a variety of architectural styles.
It’s not going to win any machine quilting awards, but it was fun to do and I enjoyed the exploration. I will quilt trees again — they were very satisfying. I was going to name it Zwischen Mauer und Leimen because that’s where I found the inspiration, but there’s no castle there. Right now, I’m calling it Märchenwald, which means Fairy Tale Forest, but maybe I’ll change it to Traumwald, meaning dream forest since I’m pretty sure the region in which the Grimm brothers lived is also refered to as the Märchenwald. I’m entertaining input.