The Eagle Has Landed!

It appears that April will be a very quiet and productive month for Clay and I – and it is about time!

I have been working on a lap quilt and a wall hanging for gifts and so happy to report that they are both waiting to be quilted on the long arm!  The Eagle quilt is a pattern from Eleanor Burns and this is the 4th one I have made for my Veteran friends.  The most difficult piece in this wall hanging is the stupid beak!!!!  Each time I have made it I tend to go ‘what?’ and after a few minutes the light bulb clicks in.  Guess if I made one a month I could make it with my mind and eyes closed!  I had a big laugh on me when I was working on the star points.  I love Eleanor’s rulers for Peaky and Spike and especially for Flying Geese, the problem is that I have one of each size and yesterday the brain was getting close to “stupid” and when I started trimming the flying geese I realized something just was not correct!  So I threw those pieces away and started over again only to have the same experience.  BUT, alas, when one has too many rulers one had better REALLY check which ruler you are supposed to be working with.  I just could not believe I was having an issue – so I pulled out the Eleanor Burns bag of rulers and guess what – YUP I had picked up the wrong size.

Now here is my excuse for being stupid!  The weather was changing and the pressure was dropping like a rock – little did I realize that a cold front was blowing in.   I was determined to get the stars finished and I did, but after supper the Vertigo set in and that is when I confirmed to myself it was the weather change.  For my Fibro and Meniere’s friends – you know what that means.  YUP – go sit in a chair and veg until things settle down.   Life is so much fun when you never know what the weather will bring you!  Guess it is like the box of chocolates!

This morning I finished the borders on the Eagle and that is the end of me for the day.  It appears that this will be the weather pattern for the next 2 weeks – so maybe a lot of appliquéing will be accomplished as now we have high winds today!

I will appliqué the tail feathers down this afternoon.  I used a blue Hoffman 1895 batik and some Hoffman for the gold stars and found a beautiful piece of Moda fabric with the black and gold.  I love the metallic look for this wall hanging.  (Oh yes – the Eagle will get an eye!)

Eagle Wall Hanging

This is the lap quilt that I made last week – so happy to have peace and tranquility and problem free time for quilting!

Gretchen is working on a Tulip Quilt.  When she first posted the quilt I thought it looked familiar, so I went through my patterns and found it.  It is called Tulip Dance by Annette Ornelas.  She was a guest speaker in 2008 at a local guild and I purchased her book and some patterns.  I only did one project, a Heart Block, and made a large pillow cover with it.   She has some neat 3 dimensional patterns which are based on a cathedral window type block.  I did the appliqué by machine, if I made a quilt I would do the appliqué by hand.


 

Today is done so tomorrow I will get the 2 projects ready for quilting.  Have a great day!

Dallas Quilt Show – Traditional Versus Artisan Quilts

One of my goals this year was  to attend the Dallas Quilt show.   We arrived in Dallas on Thursday and the show was Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  I was so excited because I have always heard excellent comments regarding their show.  I joined the Guild (from afar – about 300 miles away from home) for the last 3 years.  I had considered entering the 2018 Show and wanted to have the experience of attending before I did that.

Today I am going to share pictures of a few of the quilts that were awarded ribbons at the show.  As a traditional quilter, it is apparent to me that the quilting world has gone nuts and about as far left as one could go!   Quilters who read my posts know that the last 3 years have not been the best as far as my quilting goes and it has put me out of the mainstream as far as shows.   What a shock I was in for at this show.  What a change!

First of all, I am a traditional and purist quilt maker.  I do not use glue, thangles, kits, jelly rolls, precut, laser cut, and the things where the math is not required to make a quilt.  I love to make quilts the old-fashioned way.  I love to work on quilts that are challenging and keep my brain sharp (LOL).  NOW, this is MY choice and preference and I am not trying to be negative to anyone who prefers using all the tools available for all quilters.  I also love the autumn colors, batiks and reproduction fabrics but not Kaffe Fassett fabrics as they are just too busy.  I have made one quilt using his fabric when they first came out and it is still waiting in line to be quilted!  Think I would go blind quilting that one.  But 3 months ago I decided if I was going to do scrappy and fussy cutting I probably needed some of his fabrics to include as a ‘zinger’ in my quilts.

I am trying to learn how to work with scrappy quilts, but for some reason it is really a challenge for me because my eyes focus on the pattern and not the colors. This is why I label myself as a Traditional Quilter.  It takes time to make my quilts because of the complexity and especially when appliquéing and because I am so the perfectionist.

During the last 3 years, the Modern Quilt movement started just as the “Contemporary” quilts became popular in 2004 where fabric designers like Kaffe crept into our quilt world, adding different fabrics to traditional ones.  For awhile, the traditional remained popular.  But now the Modern Quilt movement has appeared to take over at the quilt shows.  These quilts consist of very loud colors (very bright) and patterns that have no reason or rhyme to me.  They can be made in less than a week as color is the most important point in these quilts.  So now we have Artisans taking over the quilt world.

I am not being critical of those who love these quilts, it is just not my idea of a quilt. The Art quilt does not have a main focus color, thereby not drawing the eye to the theme of the quilt.  It is understand this would not apply to animals and/or people in quilts.

To conclude, I also understand that to stay in business (fabric and quilt shops) they must continue to bring new and innovative ideas in order to stay in business.  But I feel that they have forgotten the Traditionalists.  Missouri Quilt Company does seem to mix both and mostly with the “louder” fabrics.  Hats off to them.

So here we go – I will let you be the Judge of some of the quilts that won ribbons and the Best of Show.  What are your thoughts?  Are you a Traditional (purist), Modern Art, or Contemporary quilter?  Please no nasty comments – I respect individual preferences.  I am just wanted to share my experience with others.

I will start with the Modern/Artisan quilts that won ribbons.

This quilt could give  me a headache!  What is it all about anyway?  Color?

AND NOW THE BEST OF SHOW!  LOVELY

Nanette being Nanette I stopped and spoke with one of the Judges that was “traditional” and asked him what were the Judges thinking when they awarded this quilt Best of Show!  Mostly no response he just kept smiling, but did say that the appliqué quilts were not good this year!  You can be the judge of his statement as you look at some pictures of the appliqués quilts.  I forgot to mention that the Judges in this show were 100% bias in awarding ribbons.  Two of the Judges were Fiber Artist and the one gentleman was a Traditional quilter!  Easy to see who was in control of the Best of Show decision!

The quilt above was made by a woman who discovered her heritage through a DNA test and it took 2 years to make this quilt that represents her Heritage.  Here are a few close up of a few blocks.  There is some broidery purse within the quilt, but these flowers are done with individual petals – great gradation of color!  So beautiful!  I am not certain, but it appeared to be needle turn appliqués.

This is a quilt called Nearly Insane and received a Blue Ribbon and a ribbon for hand quilting (if my memory serves me correctly).  Gretchen is making this quilt in blue and yellow and is doing a fantastic job.  It is a very difficult quilt and takes a lot of time to make a block with all the pieces in each block!

 

Nice quilt.

This is a pretty red/green baltimore style quilt and it won the Past Show Chair’s ribbon.  If you look closely on Row 2, the vase block is not straight.  I spoke with the quilter and she indicated that she did not catch it in time to correct the problem, but has won a 2nd place ribbon at another show.  She also has a quilt entered in the Paducah Quilt Show.  Good for her!

This is a pretty quilt, but the scrappy distracts from the block centers.  Too busy for my pea brain to handle.

This quilt took some time to study the color and make those points on the stars come out perfect – no ribbon. It could have been the colors.

The last quilt (below) is a Di Ford pattern called ‘Phoebe’.  The lady had some problems with the quilt, but still received a blue ribbon.  This is a very difficult quilt to make and she did well!  She indicated on her card that she had a lot of problems with it and it easy to see how.  Every piece has to be squared in order for the quilt to work well.  If you study the picture carefully you can see she had problems on the right side along with the sashing between the stars.

Well, I have had just too much fun today.  TV problem resolved, and Lincoln is going to inspect the Navigator and hopefully they will realize it is a defect!  Fingers crossed.  Now I am ready to go sit in my chair and finish the binding on my Oh Glory.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy some stitching!

A Short Note on Sweet Surrender Pattern

I received my Sweet Surrender pattern from Australia yesterday.  The pattern is by Susanne Cody and I purchased it from Material Obsession Quilt Shop.   I received it in less than 3 weeks and it is an excellent and professional applique pattern.   The triangles should be fun since I am going to EPP them (oh what a dreamer).  Of course I left some money with Paper Pieces.  The pattern calls for 5/8″ hexagons rosette flowers; 2 1/2″ diamonds (6 point stars); and 2 1/2″ triangles (half diamonds).  I ordered the following paper piece packages for this project:

6DIA250L – 2 1/2″ 6 Point Diamonds

HEXDEN058L – 5/8: Hexden for the Rosette Flower petals

HEX058 – 5/8″ Hexagons (Flower center)

TRI250L – 2 1/2″ Triangle

I ordered the paper pieces before the pattern arrived  thanks to a fellow Blogger Gretchen who gave me the exact list of pieces to order.  She is working on the quilt with a quilting group.

I will read the instructions and study the pattern before I dive in, but so far I am very pleased.  Very professional pattern, and company.  Now we will see if it lays around for a while in my “to do” basket, or I really get with the program!

Have a great day.