Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quilt Show and More Chicken Quilts

Recently I attended this year's Quilt Show by Quilter's Anonymous in Monroe, WA.  They had the most wonderful chicken quilts at their show last year, and there were some more this year as well, although not as many.   But still lots of beautiful, inspiring quilts.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

Orange-a-licious by Judy Irish

8160 by Mary Ann Johnson  63" x 87"
I think this one qualifies as the ultimate scrap quilt!  And yes, it contains 8160 pieces!

This is a detail shot showing the 1 inch triangles, all vintage fabrics from the 30's 40's and 50's.

Birdie by Linda Ostroff

Boomerang Back to You by Cathleen Katte
Done in the style of the Pacific Northwest Native Americans.

Chicken Buffet ala Lisa by Lisa Halter
I didn't get a shot of every chicken, but here's a few detail shots.  I like this quilter's sense of humor!
Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken Divan
Chicken in a Basket
Hawaiian Chicken
Stewed Chicken
Chicken Gumbo
Fleur by Ada Wright, 9 years old
Folk Art Cats by Carolann Palmer
I love how her cornerstones are all different patterns, and that many of the cats' accessories go outside the boundary of the blocks.  Very fun!

Hen House by Ruth Van Dyke
I love the hatching egg!

I have more photos that I'll be sharing over the next few days, so stay tuned!

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Big Blue B

For Brenda's Big Birthday.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Shine On

"Shine" is quilted, bound and DONE!  This was my first quilt for the Liberated Amish Get Together hosted by Lazy-Gal Tonya.  If you haven't yet seen this blog and the wonderful quilts that were made, be sure to go take a look.

The "rules" for the Get Together were to take an Amish quilt from this website as your inspiration and make it Liberated.  And you had to include some Unruly Letters.  This one was kind of my "warm-up" because this little crib quilt just called to me. 
I can't belive it's taken me a year to get this done.  I just couldn't decide how I wanted to quilt this.  I finally took my inspiration from antique Amish quilts (should be a no-brainer, right?) and machine-quilted triple diagonal lines.  Free-hand, of course.  I was liberated enough to use my sewing machine, or it would be a realllllly loooong time before this got finished . . . hee hee!

I didn't measure anything, and I didn't stress about it.  It only took me a few hours to get this done, once I got going. 

I really like this quilt.  I think it finally came together just right.

Monday, March 14, 2011

3-14 - Happy Pi Day!

Here's how I'm celebrating Pi Day today - cherry Pi pie!  I'm actually combining Pi Day and Presidents' Day here.  I forgot to make my annual cherry pie for Washington's birthday, and when I remembered, I was just craving a cherry pie suddenly.  Luckily, Pi Day was right around the corner and one quick trip to the grocery store for the cherry filling and I was ready!  I was going to have a pot pie for dinner also, but I ate lunch out today (including pie!) and was so full that I just had some leftovers for dinner.  It was "pizza pie", as it used to be called, so I guess that counts too!  My "pi" didn't come out too curvy, but it won't be long before you won't be able to tell anyway!

Here's an Unruly block that I did.  This was made for our departing guild president, who wanted blocks in "country" red, blue and beige for a patriotic quilt.  My friend suggested I do the letters.  I'm really happy with how this looks.  It's a 12" finished block.

Here's a little present I received today from my friend M.  No reason, just "because"!  I think that was so sweet of her!  In case you can't tell from the photo, it's a traveling ironing table made from a TV table.  It's big enough for my full-size iron.  If you like this, you can find a tutorial here.  The only difference from this one and the tutorial is that my friend drilled holes in the table top before covering it.

We're starting to see signs of spring around here!  Trees are starting to flower and show some buds, I saw a pussywillow, and there's lots of crocus and some daffodils blooming.   And we are ready for some nicer (warmer) weather!  Although I trying not to have my hopes up that winter is done with us. 

Dunkel knows more rain will be happening!  Probably not in the house, though, Dunkel. Although a cat can't be too careful!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

All done - whew!

I got Lorelei's name banner done in time!  It really went pretty quickly, once I buckled down to actually doing it.  And then I stalled on the quilting, which also went really fast once I did it.  So, pretty painless this time.  The letters keep getting easier and easier.  I quilted this in hanging diamonds, which took me a few minutes to remember how to do.  LOL

And Lorelei loved it!  She was so funny.  When she came over, she checked out the wrapped presents (of course!) and then announced that she thought the soft package was probably a quilt for her.  *grin*  She's 6.

The snow is all gone, and I'm starting to see some signs of spring around town.  I saw some crocus blooming in town the other day, and today we had some sunshine and got up to 50*f.  So, there's hope.  Yay!  I'm getting tired of winter, like most of the rest of the country.

The local quilt guild makes a quilt every year for the local community art gallery to auction off to raise funds.  So I did my part this year.  We were given the black fabric and asked to do something with the theme of music.  I was given a fat quarter of the black fabric, so I did 2 blocks.  This one is called Rising Star (courtesy of The Block Book by Judy Hopkins)

This is my 2nd block, called Domino Net (from the same book).  The star block got some of the "music" fabric upside down, but I got it all going the same direction in this block. 

Oh, and my big news!  I entered a giveaway over at the Selvage Blog and won!  I won a 6 months subscription to The Quilt Show!!  Whoo hoo!!  Thanks, Karen!