Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Another Finish for 2015

Another finish for 2015! I had this quilt done in time to enter an application for the Primitive Quilts and Projects quilt show in Texas later this year. Alas, it did not get accepted. Apparently I'm not primitive enough, nor modern enough, honestly traditional or really, anything you can put a label on. Oh well. I do love my quilting and am quite happy with whatever it is that I do!
X's and O's--the LV log cabin quilt
And this quilt was enormously fun to make. It flowed from the very start in a constant stream of 'what if's'. Nothing about it ever seemed to be those major risk taking types of  'oh no! I could be ruining my quilt right now' decisions. You know the ones--they that cause us to chew on on fingernails until we can see positively that it was the right and good decision.
Looking at the stitching
The color isn't just right in these pictures {a little too much sun and not enough time to do it up properly} but I think you can see the bit of whimsy I added to my quilt. It makes me smile, these busy, busy birds. I love the big stitch quilting too as it adds to the primitive, antique, perhaps vintage look. And those floral fabrics I added.... swoon....  I really need to get in the habit of buying more of them.

The scalloped border probably seems a bit odd to some persons as it sort of blends into the large floral fabric, but it was one of those ideas. I really had no choice because it just had to happen. Yep, and I love the way the color in the big flowers adds unexpected energy around the outside of the quilt. And in such a 'formal' setting too! So interesting to me for some reason. Because of the whimsy? The unexpectedness?
My busy birds
I do so love those quilts that make people question 'what was the quilter thinking, anyway?' So happy to add my quilting to that part of history!

And the quilt below is my second entry, finished sometime last year. I've always thought it had a slightly primitive vibe even if the color isn't quite true to the genre. I don't regret trying at all.
The red and blue 'My Tree' quilt
Oh well. On to the rest of my week which is crazy busy. You probably won't be hearing from me until sometime next week as I have a funeral and a wedding to attend and all the family that is coming into town to take care of, feed, and keep stocked with clean towels. Some day soon I will have more time to quilt. Some day soon I will have more time to quilt. Some day soon I will have more time to quilt.......

31 comments:

  1. Tus edredones son siempre fantásticos!!!!
    siento que no la publique en la revista,
    animo otra vez sera ¿quizás en otra publicación?
    saludos

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  2. That is so great to be somebody you can't put a label on I think!!
    Love your quilts!
    I am enjoying it to sew your Happy Flowers!
    Best wishes!

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  3. X's and O's has that special "something" that makes it a winner in my book. Not sure if it's the softness of the hand quilting, or those birds, or your wonderful ability to throw the unexpected colors/fabrics into the mix and make it all seem like it HAD to be there, but I love the result!

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  4. OH just yummy!! Your birds add such a whimsy to your gorgeous quilt!

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  5. sorry your quilts didn't get accepted to the show you wanted them in - they have a primitive look to me and I think they both turned out really well.

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  6. Oh I love everything about that quilt, and I love the way you describe the process of making it. I'm sorry that it did not get accepted. I would have chosen it! I entered one as well, but never heard back from them. Keep repeating your "mantra" and "some day you WILL have more time to quilt! (I'm hoping for the same thing.)

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  7. I agree with the comments! LOVE your log cabins...the colours are wonderful and your quilting is the icing on the cake!

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  8. Both of your quilts are gorgeous! Those birds are practically singing! I can so relate to you.. not belonging in a certain kind of genre! But that's what makes your quilts yours.. Truly special with signature of your own. I think that is also quilting is all about, making something so passionately that your existence gets stitched into it.
    Thank you for this post. Both of them are not only the show pieces but winners.

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  9. I am sorry your quilts didn't make it in but I think it is wonderful! I love how you took risks and all that matters is that you like it. The birds are adorable!

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  10. Both quilts are exciting and are uniquely your own with fresh points of view. The quilting on the logs is great. It really added so much texture. Well done!

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  11. I can tell that you really enjoy the process when making your quilts. These two quilts are beautiful and the attention to detail is what makes them you. Here's to "No Label Quilting", and more time to do it. Cheers!

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  12. Your birds crack me up! They are busy and silly and perfect!! I love the quilt and it's their loss that it won't be in the show.

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  13. Love your busy birds and the basket! Both quilts are lovely, enjoy them always.

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  14. Wonderful quilts. I just love applique over piecing,

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  15. Both of your quilts are just lovely Audrey. Your work is always so interesting because your creations are so unique, with so many individual personalisations.

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  16. Your color choices are so lovely and they work so well. I'm no judge of primitives but I'd love to see what quilt made it in to the Texas show. But never mind, your work is beautiful. And about those curve balls - makes life interesting, don't they?

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  17. Both of your quilts look just perfect to me.

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  18. Your quilts are lodged in my mind, because I love the way you combined the low volume log cabin with the appliqué. Curated and judged shows are very subjective, and you cannot help but feel disappointed when you open your heart to offer your quilts. But rest assured there are us out here in the universe who appreciate what you so generously show to us. Seriously this log cabin quilt is lodged in my brain, it will inspire me to create.

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  19. Love your log cabin. I would love to see it in reality, because even with the photo, I can see that there are lots of interesting things going on, and the scrappy look with loads of interesting fabrics too.

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  20. luv luv luv that log cabin quilt! it is wonderfully whimsical and that border is WOW! I would like to study it up close to see that border fabric and all the fabrics in the blocks!
    Cheers to doing it your way!

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  21. Both of your quilts are Beautiful!!!!

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  22. I so enjoy all the little details you include in your quilts. Frankly, I also like that they are not exactly primitive, traditional or modern. They are individually you. Congratulations and thanks for sharing them with us.

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  23. Love them both! Esp the top one. Who is deciding whether they are in the show or not?

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  24. Wonderful quilt, love the colors, love the texture! And isn't it nice that you really do your own thing, they cannot put you(r work) in a box with a certain label on it, hey!

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  25. It is hard to imagine that your quilt was not accepted. It would be if I was having a quilt show!

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  26. Another finish - for someone short of quilting time you are still productive. These would have made the cut if I were judging and I love that they are genre-defying. I hadn't seen the bird on the log cabins before, but it really made me smile.

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  27. I love them both and they'd both go into my quilt show! All the best for the family stuff.

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  28. This is a great finish, Audrey, I like it a lot! I think anything that makes people wonder and engage with the project is a really good thing. Congratulations!

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  29. It is a very special quilt - the hand quilting and the beautiful colours of the log cabin blocks are wonderful! I also love the way you made the border with the blended look of the scallops. However you class it, it is a winner!

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