Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2013

Life is a festival only to the wise. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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? 
Did you guess the song yet?  If you are thinking the little nursery rhyme ditty "Itsy Bitsy Spider" you are right.  Sorry if it gets stuck in your head for the day.

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! 

Backing Fabric

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!


  1. Wonderful quilts Patricia, I really love the applique on your Itsy Bitsy Spider quilt.

  2. Love the Itsy Bitsy Spider quilt. That water faucet looks so real.

  3. Sweet itsy bitsy spider quilt. Gorgeous.

  4. What a happy quilt story and it was fun looking for the spider! Very pretty too and the crazy blocks quilt is very bright and happy too!

  5. Beautiful quilt with an itsy bitsy spider! Love the spider web!

  6. I remember watercolor quilts! I made one, too. Great name, too!

  7. I was surprised because these are actually the cheapest in their categories - obviously that's not holding the pros back,


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