Saturday, June 02, 2007

Saturday Photo Hunt - Art

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The above photo is of a turf maze in the village of Hilton in Huntingdonshire, England. We were very happy to live in this village for three years. Our neighbors/friends in this village were so nice. I didn't want to leave when it was time to head back to the states. The United States Air Force had assigned my husband to RAF Alconbury and this village was about 15 minutes from there.

The village of Hilton is very proud of this maze, as it's only one of barely eight left in the country. This maze was cut in the ground by William Sparrow (age 19 yrs at the time) in 1660. I would say he truly is an artist.

The village has maintained it since then, wow!!! My eldest son was just 4 years old when we moved here and we would walk this maze from start to the center and back again. It's one continuous path weaving to the center. We would have so much fun doing this.

I enjoy making miniature quilts and the above photo is my creation of the maze using hexigons that measure 1/2" in size. I drew it out on paper first, just to make sure it would work. Aside from it being in a hexagon shape, and not round, the turns in the path turned out right where they needed to be. My quilt measures 18 1/2" from side to side and took about 1, 684 hexagons. It was completely hand made (10-12 stitches per each hexagon side) using the english paper piecing method. Needless to say, I was very happy with the outcome.

This last March, when my husband and I flew to Las Vegas for a friend's Air Force retirement ceremony, I found this wonderful art on the walls of our airport here in town. They were made by kids in our local schools and I think they did an awesome job!!! The above photo and the two below were all done by kids. Well Done!!!


TNChick said...

I wanted to do a maze in my yard for this but mowed before I thought about it and didn't get to do it. Darn. LOL I think that is neat!

Wow, that little quilt is something else. Awesome work!

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Wondering how long it took to walk the maze? Neat quilt!!
The youth art looks very interesting.
Happy Hunting & Safe Sunday :)

Biker Betty said...

Hi TNChick, I've always thought it would be fun to create a maze in tall grass. Maybe next time it gets tall enough.

Hi Cats... The actual maze in Hilton measures 53 feet in diameter and it doesn't take that long to walk to the center and back. Probably about five minutes to walk in and back. It all depends on how fast a person walks.

Daisy said...

You are very talented to make that maze quilt! It is very beautiful, and what a great memory, too.

jmb said...

You have so many things here to enjoy. The maze is wonderful, so few left in Britain. Love you quilt and isn't it wonderful that the children's art is being so appreciated by your city.
Thanks for dropping by

GEWELS said...

The kids art is wonderful- how nice to have it hanging in the airport.

The maze is an interesting idea for this post. Art in Nature- I love it.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Betty. That's an amazing maze. It must have taken a lot of effort and time to make something as beautiful as that. I'm sure it's a great attraction.

Wow, that miniature quilt is beautiful. You're very creative. I also like those youth art. Very colorful.

Thanks for sharing and visiting mine earlier. Take care!

Teena said...

Labrynths are too cool!

Mine's up ... c'mon on by :)

Larry said...

Aren't those English mazes brilliant -- even though they make me crazy LOL

Pamela said...

I'm a"mazed".... by your handcrafts!!
What can't you do woman!!

(oh, and the kids art and the maze was alright, too)

Dragonheart said...

Those are all great examples of art. :) The lawn maze is very cool, as is your quilt of it! You are very talented. :)

JC said...

Lovely art, especially your quilt. A lot of time, I'm sure. Mazes remind me of The Shining ever since the movie came out. A good thing... I'm a King fan.

Incog & Nito said...

Amazing (pardon the pun) art. I love that miniature quilt, very clever. The youth artwork is wonderful and lovely to see that it is displayed where many can enjoy it. Enjoy your week.

Barbara H. said...

That quilt is just amazing! A true work of art in itself. The youth artwork is really neat, too -- I am so glad its displayed. I hope it's an encouragement to them to keep creating.

Pastormac's Ann said...

That maze is so cool - definitely a work of art. And your quilting skills really amaze me. You're quite the artist! Wonderful picks for The Hunt!

Melli said...

Betty! That little mini quilt is incredible! I can't even imagine making a BIG one - but to do it in miniature is really amazing! Afraid my hands just don't have that kind of dexterity anymore... *sigh*

The youth art IS amazing! Our College Prep Geometry teacher teaches the kids how to make those! (nope - not the art teacher!) I'm always amazed at the stuff the kids come up with! Excellent choices for today!

You need to stop by my post for TODAY - Monday - and see what I was up to on Saturday! ;)

sarala said...

That is one great quilt. I wish I could do as much.