Elsy Menko – Country – Emblems
‘The rose’ is the name of a windmill in the city of Delft in The Netherlands that was built in 1679 and was used for the grinding of corn. It is the only one remaining windmill of fifteen mills that once stood on the city walls. The origin of its name is the source of much speculation but apparently has been lost in all these years. Originally it was a wooden structure but in 1679 it was torn down and a new, much larger stone mill took its place. The top of the tower is round, but the bottom is hexagonal. The magnificent structure has seven floors that can be reached by climbing narrow ladders. The view from the top is definitely worth the effort. It is open to visitors. The rose is still in use as a flour mill where biological grain is processed to flour.
In my quilt the national flag is hoisted on top of the mill together with an orange streamer. This indicates the birthday of a member of the royal family. Some traditional Dutch cotton fabrics were used in the blue and red parts of the national flag that forms the background.
I chose the windmill as my subject as it is so iconic in the Dutch landscape, it very much defines the image of the country.