Tomorrow, this year's "Tour de France" will run through my hometown and whizz past the corner of my street. That's the reason why my "Reverse of the Medal" welcomes the peloton in the local pharmacy.
As a sports addict, I was disillusioned and upset by last years’ doping affairs and the tearful confessions of some convicted racing cyclists.
NADA and WADA information disclosed the apparently common abuse of “supportive substances”, even in unexpected disciplines.
These athletes defraud their competitors and us, the fans, but also put their health and life at risk – to gain medals, break records, keep crowd and sponsors satisfied : “To win silver is to lose gold !”
Expecting to add an update some day soon, I finished the right edge with a divisible zipper. On the back, I printed tattoo bicycle gears.
The quilt was on display in shows in England, Japan and the States.
A miniature Baltimore Album quilt which I've adapted to fit my home area. Like Baltimore my 160 year old home in Burray is by the sea. In fact it is part of the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland. So I substituted my house (minus it's conservatory) for the lovely American buildings often shown on a Baltimore Album quilt and was keen to include the sea motifs.
All the motifs, apart from the house, were tradition Baltimore ones mostly, but not all, from Elly Sienkiewcz books. I went through countless patterns looking for ones which were appropriate to miniturise.
The quilt was entirely made on a domestic machine using turned under applique with my Apliquick tools and stabilser. It was using them that gave me the condience to try this quilt. The motifs are enhanced by overpainting.