The roller coaster ride began when we decided we were going to enter quilts. Mom and I came up with the ones we wanted to get finished for the show. Unfortunately, I'm always too busy quilting on my client quilts that I don't have a lot of time to finish up Mom's tops unless we are entering them into a show. So, the countdown started in early summer. Each time I finished a quilt it was like swooshing down a roller coaster hill. We both worked furiously to finish each step. It got a little stressful, then when one was finished, we would sigh in relief. Then the next hill would arrive and we were working furiously again. We had planned on entering 7 of Mom's quilts and 3 of my own.
When the day came, work was only accomplished on 6 of Mom's and 2 of mine. Here are some pictures of what was entered.
This one was entered into Pieced Large. Mom worked so very hard on these stars. They are not paper pieced and meticulously sewn together perfectly. This pattern is from Winnie Flemming's Split Lone Star class. What a great quilt and I was so happy with how the quilting turned out. I just want to say I see a ton of quilts and Mom's piecing abilities astound me. She is my hero!
This quilt is a tribute to the art work of Charley Harper. Mom loves his artwork and created this piece inspired by his art. The detail is amazing.
|Mom created the tree and placed the birds where she saw were they needed balance. She is so good at this.|
|The next was so much fun. I just zipped around with my quilting machine|
|The worm cracks me up.|
|I really enjoyed quilting the owl. He looks very wise.|
|I was able to do a little thread painting on the back of this lovely bird. It was a lot of fun. I know that means a lot of thread build up....but hey, this is an art quilt.|
|Mom's favorites, the hummingbird.|
|I quilted in a barn in the background. A little crocked but I thought it was cute.|
|Something a little different to do with stars.|
|Doesn't this block look like a flower?|
|I had a great time coming up with different background fills. I wanted them all to be geometric in nature. This one is my favorite with the diamonds. But the little blue bird made me sad. He looked so very lonely.|
|I tried to keep the same feather concept through out the pieced blocks. I enjoyed doing them.|
|Another favorite. Lots of marking and starts and stops on this background but it was well worth it.|
|Bird Houses in the background.|
|I love how the pieced border turned out. Drawing the quilting design into the inside of the quilt is something I love to do. It worked so well here.|
So up and down, we rode the emotional roller coaster. It was a fun, fun ride. Next time, I'll be riding with my hands up in the air.