One of the blessings of posting a blog with worldwide readers is I get to make new friends from around the world. One such blessing, Karien duPlessis, came into my life recently and I just had to share her with the rest of you! She is from South Africa and a newly born Linen Lady. I can hardly believe that this is her FIRST one...I think she's addicted, don't you???
Enjoy her story below...thank you Karien for sharing with all of us! Hugs, Cindy
"I am from South Africa and live 2 hours drive from the closest city on a farm. Quilting is my passion, but unfortunately we live in a third world down here and it sometimes frustrates me waiting 3-6 weeks to receive ordered quilting stuff from the USA. Luckily we have good internet and I use it ultimately to see what other quilters do around the word. I did Cindy's online class with Craftsy and got some of her fantastic books. I got so inspired that I just have to quilt something that would go through as an heirloom-project.
I tried to apply Cindy's advice about design. The only stencil that fit the space in the middle (to create focus) was the rose...so I used it LOL!
To create movement I put other roses at the edge and added the little triangular 'border' around the middle rose. Maybe the shape was a mistake.
The only dimension I could create was in that 'faulty' little border by putting it behind the little flowers. I'll work on adding dimension in other projects in the near future. To create light and shadow, I've tried my hand on Cindy's Pearls and Swirls background filler. I was surprised at the effect! I stitched everywhere in the ditch, except the crochet border. I only SID on it's edges and the two little flowers on the short sides of the crochet border. It really pops!