Last summer I had a request to do a quilted home for a gentleman whose house was white on white (white siding and white details). And he wanted it depicted in the wintertime. He also liked the bright red carriage house behind his home and the garden that surrounds it. I took pictures of both and persuaded the homeowner to go with the more colorful carriage house. His wife really liked it (it was an anniversary gift) and I thought I had successfully dodged a bullet.
This summer, the same client phoned to ask if I would consider the original piece he had in mind. White on white on white. I did not think I would be up to the challenge. It has been a busy summer for us – I returned to full-time work and my oldest son started driving – all in all, quite stressful.
I took a shot at it, stitching the siding by hand (in grey thread, to add depth) and working with a total of 5 different shades of white fabric. The roof has a some great detail work in the shingles and I was able to duplicate that by layering fabric I had cut with patterned edged scissors. I was pleased with the end result – and so was my client. Although he did request that I add the snow-blower his wife uses every season to clear the walkway (an inside joke). I made it separately and stitched it onto the final piece with one stitch, as he said he would like it removable. My husband calls it my Colorform snow-blower 🙂