The National Botanic
It took me a while to get to a Story Telling Quilt.
Initially, I had visualised an almost Stonehenge arrangement of fairies & toadstools ... but then I thought about transporting it on my own in my beetle, and even with all the magic fairy dust in the world, I needed to be conscious of how I would travel with my fairy ring.
Then the clincher was a project that Shelbyart Community got involved with called 'Dress a Girl Around the World' where groups of people came together to make a dress for an African child out of a pillow case and up-cycled materials donated by the community. WOW! They were absolutely beautiful. How wonderful for people to volunteer to come together and get involved in this way.
Michelle got approval from Spice for the quilt to become part of time credtis! WOW!!!
We rummaged around her big box of recycled materials and she decided she would put a shout out for more things donated from the community for the quilt. I LOVE this! So many people's love will have gone into the quilt! Now that's magic!
It is the heart-home of my story line, right in the hub of the garden, where resides a fairy ring thought to be over 150 years old! Thank you so much for your support & kindness NBGW!
And we'll spend the whole 2 days in the absolutely stunning Great Glasshouse. People can drop in and join us but we need 30 core volunteers, all of whom will be part of time credits as long as they join the Shelbyart Community.
You can easily do this by leaving me a message here, or on facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In phase 2 and 3, the quilt will become the centre piece of a much larger Fairy Ring installation ... and I'll tell you all about that in a later blog! Aside: I can hear my Nan in my mind's eye saying, 'One step at a time darling.'
... as the artist making her visions become reality within the context of a tough economic climate, I may not be in receipt of arts 'funding' for this journey, but I will receive the most incredible Story Telling Blanket that will be with me for the rest of my life, making children and adults smile as they listen & experience my stories ...
... this type of reward may not please my bank manager, but it pleases me immensely.
Thank you so much to Ruth for linking me to Michelle, to everyone in Shelbyart Community, to Spice, to my friends and people I don't know yet, who will all come as a result of this post, to The National Botanic Garden of Wales on 9th & 10th of September, thanks to our Waxcap Wizard, Bruce Langridge, for making the Great Glasshouse the home of the Quilt-a-thon and to YOU, yes, YOU, for following my thread ... I simply can not wait to show you the story telling quilt!!!