Tuesday, April 24, 2007

And more tulips

A couple of people asked about those 'black' tulips - are they really black?

Well the answer to that is 'almost but not quite' - I believe they are a strain called 'Queen of the Night' and they really are the darkest, darkest purple, a bit like the black ones in Fruit Gums or Midget Gems sweets - usually blackcurrant flavoured.

For those of you who haven't already spotted them there are some seriously impressive tulip pictures on Norma's Silver Thimble blog. They remind me of the shots you see of the Dutch bulbfields but the mountain scenery in the background raises these images to the superlative.

As for tulips here - I've finished the hand applique on my table runner - and added a busy little bee as a finishing touch.I intend to do one of those looping dotted lines you see in cartoons leading to him but can't decide whether to hand quilt it in black or embroider it before I quilt the item (or I could be really lazy and draw it in pigma pen).

Finally on the tulip subject here is a pot of the prettiest coloured blooms you could wish for that I saw when we went round those gardens in Herefordshire - a lovely restful change of pace after those bold yellows and reds you more usually associate with this type of bloom.

Have a great day all :o)

9 comments:

joyce said...

Your table runner is beautiful. Tulips are perfect for spring.

Lily said...

Yes indeed Anne - that is a gorgeous table runner. Like the idea of the curly line out to the bee too.

Jellalabad barracks - and there I was thinking they were somewhere in the Middle East!

Juliann said...

I have seen those black tulips at the tulip festival they have here -I like the last picture best - those are so calm and peaceful looking - love your little table topper

Dawn said...

oooo - I like those yellow and peach colored ones a lot!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

The potted tulips are lovely and soft, you're right it's such a nice change and restful. The table runner is fabulous... you could "big stitch" the "trail" to the bee w/ Perle cotton.

Fiona said...

The tulips are very effective - and seem to have taken no time.

meggie said...

Your table runner is gorgeous. Love all the tulips, & love the little bee.

atet said...

Ok, the bee really does make that piece. Especially if you're adding the loops.

Rose Marie said...

Your table runner is coming along very well and those potted tulips are so restful!