Vagaries of spring in the garden and feathery fabric

Spring is here.  One day there is snow, wind and rain, and we shiver, and the next we have a frosty morning and a beautiful sunny day, and temperatures can be in the mid-twenties one day and barely double figures next day.  This will continue until the end of October when the weather settles down (usually) to being sunny and nicely warm, not hot, for a few weeks.

Some plants in the garden are a bit confused – only one iris has flowered

Just one blue iris

Just one blue iris

while the tulip magnolia is budding for all it is worth

Magnolia in bud

Magnolia in bud

Dwarf tulips in bloom

Dwarf tulips in bloom

Echium in bloom

Echium in bloom

while this little red cyclamen is struggling to survive the cold

Red cyclamen

Red cyclamen

However, when the sun has been shining and warm, I have been busy painting and dyeing.  Here are some more of my sun-painted fabrics, resembling feathers, both grey in colour.  One has been ironed and the other hasn’t, can you tell which?

Feathered fabric

Feathered fabric

Grey feathered fabric

Grey feathered fabric

I have painted several colours – bright blue, pinky red, golden yellow and a bright grassy green.  I will take them with me next week to sell at the Tas Quilting Guild’s quarterly meeting, where I have a stall selling my fabrics and a few other quilty things.

This year’s quilt challenge for the Christmas meeting is “Birds”, so I am hoping a few members will like the look of my feathery fabric for their birds and need to have some.

I don’t know what happened to the photos I have posted here.  They are all the same size but WordPress altered them somehow.  My apologies if you can’t see the small one properly.

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