Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Memories of turtle hunting and turtle races

This quilt is a memory of some moments in our lives with grandchildren.  The boys were 6 and 4 and were visiting from Vermont.  They went fishing on our stockpond but soon decided it would be more fun to catch turtles.  I took the photo as they were about to quit.  They had quite a stock of turtles -- all sizes--and they wanted to keep them in the water in a stock tank.  Several days later before they left for home we had a Great Turtle Race.  The big turtles got a chance to trudge to another stock pond and the little ones got a ride back to their pond.

The image of the boys, grandpa and the boat were made with a technique -- upside-down applique that I learned in a class at Quilt University.  The shoreline involves fusible applique.  The boy's features are painted on.  This was such a fun quilt to make with all the memories attached to the image.

Turtle hunters

detail of shoreline

Detail of boat and one turtle


  1. What a charming memory.

  2. Beautifully executed! Love the colours and the figures.

  3. Your figures are fabulous, but I especially love the way you've handled the background. Love it, Judy!

  4. I love the simplicity of this piece. I could look at it for ages in wonder.

    (I am intrigued as to what :"upside down applique" is).

    Great work Judy.

  5. So warm and comfortable.
    Thank you for including the details.
    The passengers are so well done!

  6. Beautiful quilt, you have managed to capture a great feeling of space and still keep the details. Love the colours. Also curious about upside down quilting and how you do it

  7. I will put in some info about upside down quilting. I just love those two little boys, They are now 15 and 17 and just as funny now as when they were much younger.

  8. That was upside down applique-sorry

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