Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Name & Chicago & Stars

It's been a long time ... so sorry! I kept thinking I would be back to reading and writing blogs any day, but it didn't happen until today. I have done a lot of Linus stuff -- my friend Bunny came over and helped me find backings for quite a few quilts, which she took off to finish. And last week I put together batting and backing for 16 quilts! It feels great to have those gone to quilters.

And as for my own quilting, I made my name for Lazy Gal Tonya. Since I like to work with hot colors, I used a chili pepper fabric for my name as a little visual pun. Still have to trim and piece them together, that won't take long. They'll be in the mail soon!
And I pieced yet another I Spy -- the final one for my nieces and nephews. This one has a checkerboard inner border and I was so pleased that the size of the checks worked with the size of the blocks -- the corners meet just right!
In my last post I mentioned that stars kept popping out of the tumbling blocks, but many of you commented that you couldn't see the stars. Maybe the following photos will help. This is "Tumbling Blocks with Emerging Stars" from The New Work of Our Hands. Each side of the tumbling block could be a point for a star, and each star point could be a side of a tumbling block.
And here's a close up:
I went to the Chicago Quilt Show a week ago. I just loved it! There were lots of vendors, lots of quilts, but I'll just show two for now. First, I was pleasantly surprised to see a wonky log cabin in the midst of quilts with more standard patterns.

And this quilt is a stunning rendition of the Museum of Canadian Civilization in Canada. My DH has family in Ottawa, just across the river from this museum, so we have visited it a few times. It's a gorgeous building, and the quilt captures its mood quite nicely.

That's a quick catch up. I will be visiting you all in blogland!

16 comments:

Brenda said...

great quilt of the museum. it's a stunning quilt representing a stunning museum. I'm taking my kids there this summer -- they loved it the first time. also, I like how the checks line-up on your I Spy quilt -- it's fun to be wonky, but fun when it works out the other way too.

AnnieO said...

My sister, mom and I went to the Chicago show a couple years ago--it was amazing! Last summer they held the first International show in Long Beach, CA and I took my SIL and mom to that one; we'll be back this year as well. It is like any other art, pictures just do not allow you to pick up all the details, especially quilting. My most frequent comment was "they used a bit of thread on that one" (--like 2500 yards!) Thanks for sharing.

Millie said...

Love the fabric for your name! Can't wait to see what Tonya does with them all!

belinda said...

HEY...HEY...good to hear from you!!

Clare said...

Welcome back. I've missed you.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

chili pepper Cheri - very fun. the quilt show sounds like loads of fun.

Joyce said...

I'm so glad to see something wonky turning up in a quilt show among all the ultra-precision stuff.

The Calico Cat said...

Checkerboard fabric matching up - too much to ask for! How lucky you are. You should have purchased a lottery ticket on that day!

The new work of our hands - I have the book, I should give it another browse - eventhough I could see the emerging stars...

jacquie said...

so great that you got to go to the chicago festival...thanks for sharing these quilts. arrrg...the name for tonya....it's on my list of things to do too.

ROZ said...

Welcome back! I was thinking about you. I have that chili pepper fabric but your idea of making letters with it is really fun.

Libby said...

Good to see you again :) Glad to hear that the show was nice this year and that you enjoyed it. I wish I could have made the trip, but there'll be other years...

Catherine said...

Wow -- that quilt of the museum is amazing! I'd love to see that Chicago show some day -- it sounds so incredible!

Lynda said...

Log cabin is such a versatile block, and the reds in this make it look so dynamic.

KateKwiltz said...

It's funny, I took pictures of the same quilts! They were all pretty amazing -- enough inspiration to last until next year!

sewkalico said...

The chequerboard fabric looks gorgeous - you are so clever! Loved yur Dad's Tumbling block stars and all those quilts for your Linus Day! Wonderful to catch up with you again. (Of course chilli's should be in your name, I couldn't imagine anything else!!)

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