After debating for far too long I finally came to a decision on what to share in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Looking back over the year so far I realized that my only finishes have been for other people, charity and blog hops. This being true I am reaching back into my past and sharing a couple of oldies but goodies.
This first quilt is a Strip Pieced Colorwash Wall Quilt which I am entering in the Scrappy Quilts Category. I made the top as a sample for the technique when I was teaching the class. A few years later the guild I was in had a challenge of depicting a song in a quilt. I was stumped for months and then looking through my UFOs I decided that this top looked like a garden after a rainstorm when the sun breaks through the clouds.
|Out Came the Sun|
I added an appliqued water faucet and some flowers cut out of various prints. I quilted the rain with a sparkly thread and couched down some heavier metallic thread to make a spider web under the water spout.
|Close up of Water Faucet|
|Even closer look at the Spider Web|
|Can you find the Spider?|
The second quilt I selected is a cotton crazy pieced one. I am entering this quilt in the Bed Quilt Category. I used the book Crazy with Cotton by Diana Leone for my inspiration on this one. I also taught classes on it. The blocks are crazy pieced but there is no embellishment. The inspiration was the wonderful Alexander Henry cat print I used in the border. The blocks are primarily filled with cat and bird prints. There is one tone on tone dog print used (because dogs are just a minor note in a cat quilt). It was a lot of fun to make. I don't usually do such large borders but I wanted the cats to be the focus of the quilt and they were just to wonderful to cut up any smaller.
|Who Ate the Canary?|
|Great cat print!|
The blocks are bordered with this delightful black and cream checkerboard print. I used it for the binding also. The sashing is a gray feather print. That gave me the name for the piece. With so many smug looking cats someone had to be up to some mischief. The quilting is a large meander done with a primary colored variegated thread to look like yarn.
I hope you enjoy my entries in the Blogger's Quilt Festival and will check out and vote for your favorites!