Sunday, October 07, 2007

Quilts, My Niece, and Fall Colors

I managed to do a little sewing this weekend. The only thing I have to show for it is this paper pieced block. The other projects aren't ready to show you yet. (Hey, did you read Tonya's idea about a Class in a Box? Fun! She is so clever, isn't she??)

I also went to visit my niece. She used to live in another state, but now she's back home, about a 2-hour drive from my house. We had a fun visit. She is now a college professor. What an accomplished young woman! Fall colors at her work place are quite pretty. She said that once on her way to work she had to stop and wait for six deer to get out of the road. Isn't that kind of romantic?

There was a quilt show going on in her town, and we kind of "ran" through it. (On account of my hubby waiting outside in the ucky, hot, humid weather, I had promised not to spend too much time inside. Oh, and yes, you are correct, it wouldn't have killed him to go to the quilt show with us! But he doesn't really "get" quilts, so why bring a downer along??) One thing I noticed was that they had a good number of large quilts. Sometimes a show can seem almost too focused on small wall hangings and/or art quilts. This one had plenty of large ones, which I enjoyed seeing. I took a few photos. As you know, quilts always look so much better in person, but I hope you enjoy these few photos.

I have to tell you about this last quilt. Holy buckets! It is huge! My niece is tall (maybe 5'10") so you can see how tall the quilt is... and it must be 12 feet or more long! AND the kicker is.... the design? It is all made with TINY 1/2-inch squares! Even the solid blue background is all tiny 1/2-inch squares! I tried to take a close-up photo, but it turned out too blurry. I couldn't even conceive of designing such a quilt, much less attempting to make it!!! I wonder where this quilt will end up.. it needs a LARGE wall in some church to really show it off. My photo just does not do this quilt justice. Wish you all could see it in person!


dot said...

Thanks for showing the fabulous pictures of the quilt show. I bet the last quilt was a rendition (SP?) of a counted cross stich pattern. Very impressive indeed.

Tonya Ricucci said...

aw shucks. thanks, Carol.

love that block you've made. Incredible colors and great placement. wheeeee.

Knitted Gems said...

Beautiful quilts; thanks so much for sharing! It's great to start the week off with such lovely inspiration.

Tracey in CT said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures! I love the quilt with the big blue circles.
As for the last quilt, it is beautiful. I'm wondering if it was made by the same man who made the Last Supper one a few years ago?

BTW, your block is beautiful. What will you be doing with it? I give you big kudos, I have no patience for paper piecing!!

Andi said...

Thanks for sharing...all the quilts (and your block) are beautiful. Just like Dot mentioned, the nativity reminds me of cross stitch. Amazing!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing the quilts with us - I loved the black white and red one. The nativity quilt is amazing - such patience and perseverence! It reminds me of a display I once went to in France where the artist had reproduced scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry in miniature using grains of different coloured sand - the outlines were done in black sand one grain thick - the guy must've had no eyes left by the end!!!

Sue said...

Just found your blog, love the pictures of the quilt show. Greetings from Neerim.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Those are fabulous quilts, i cannot even coceive making the Christmas one, what a lucky girl to get to see it.
I love your block though, what is the name, was that there, i may have missed it? Cheers, tracey....mother of!!

Anonymous said...

It *is* the crossstitch design: O Holy Night Nativity, from Stoney Creek.