The theme I chose, which had to begin with the first letter of my name, was "Knowledge". Why? You may ask, as this word stumped me longer than the other challenges so far. It was the best word I could think of in a hurry that started with a "K".
I began by remembering there was a "Tree of Knowledge" in the Garden of Eden and that started me thinking about different trees from memories of my life. I thought of the jacaranda tree in our backyard in Evaline Street, Campsie, where I grew up.
My sister and I built a kind of a cubby house up there - well actually, it was a few slats of wood nailed and tied to the branches so we could climb the tree and sit up there. We actually used to sit up there quite a lot and survey the surroundings. We even took our toys and food and drinks up there. Much later I climbed up but the branches were rotten and the seats too unstable to sit on.
That led me to remember the famous jacaranda tree in the main quadrangle at Sydney University. I studied there for four years in the early 1980s, gaining an Honours degree in Archaeology. Our main lecture theatre was right in the corner of the quadrangle closest to the jacaranda tree. We used to just say "meet you at the tree". Looking back now, I guess these were the best years of my life, but I did not know it then.
Anyway, here is my jacaranda tree of "Knowledge". I hope you like it.
I really enjoyed the process as this was very different to the other work I have been doing.
Thank you to my friend and colleague, Brenda Gael Smith, who has a fabulous website here giving fantastic instructions and step by step photographs for finishing quilts without binding. I used her mitred facing finish to complete my little quilt very neatly. Here is a view of the back, showing the facing stitched down.
I am very pleased with my little tree and it brought back lots of memories.
Now for the next challenge called "Seed".