Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Long Walk Home

It has given me a great deal of pleasure to take part in this challenge even though it took a while for an idea to take shape.

This quilt was inspired by a photograph of my Granddaughter taken when she was not quite two years old.  Having grown up in Leeds, my lovely daughter and her partner decided  to move to live in the countryside and found a cottage completely surrounded by farmland.. Long walks along extremely muddy paths followed and having been a city girl all her life, my daughter suddenly discovered nature! The countryside where they live is very flat and featureless, but ideal territory for a toddler learning to find her feet. Isobel is now eleven and will be going to high school in September, but to us she is still that little girl starting on a long journey.

I used my own handdyed fabrics and all the quilting and embroidery were done on my sewing machine.

Penny Leonard


  1. Lovely to have such a full explanation of the thought process behind your piece. I am only on a tiny computer as mine failed to open a few days ago so is in a local shop who say I need a new charger. this means I can only see a tiny image. Love the fencing with wire past its best.
    Good to know your full name, I have wondered Penny what it was when I saw Peneller

  2. What a lovely evocative journey Penny and an image so closely woven to your family.

  3. I love your use of perspective in this piece - real sense of distance and a 'long way to go'.