Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Crock Of Gold-(en Quilts)---For The Day That's In It


March.
 Quilt show season! 
So off we went to the big one yesterday.
 Before going I checked my photos from the last few years' shows (which I forgot to share with you--I know, how could I be so heartless?) I just wanted a reference point....to compare this year's offerings. As I was going through them all, the amazing, the beautiful, the traditional, the innovative, the ordinary and the blah, I had an idea. Because, as I perused them, they sometimes made me think of some of you.  So, here they are---quilts from last year's show, a few from the year before's show and from yesterday's. I decided to pick one, at least, for each of you based on what little I know of you. I'd be very interested to know if I'm miles off the mark or spot on!

This may take a while. I hope you ate your Wheaties!





Since it is the 17th. of March, I thought we should start with a green one! It's for Patty who loves all things Irish.

You can click on the pictures to enlarge so you can better see the beautiful detail work.

This hexagon/sashiko beauty made me think of Birdy, maniacal hexie maker!




When I came to this one I knew it was perfect for Relatively Retiring (Judith?) because of her recent post about sitting perfectly still in a garden in Madeira, so still that little lizards felt completely safe, crawling around on her, as though she were merely another feature of the landscape!




This beautiful detail of a large applique quilt was for Ali for sure, as she often reports on mischief wrought by the peacocks who visit her garden.




This piece made me remember a similar bird wall hanging Ali made a few years ago......






Secret Agent Woman seems to be able to squeeze every drop of enjoyment out of life so I choose this colourful, vibrant beauty for her....




                                 This bold and daring quilt seemed a good fit for Susan Kane




Thimbleanna does such precise, detailed work, these little Dresden plates seemed a perfect Anna choice.





For Isabelle, what else but a pair of black cats! And because she loves flowers so much .......




.......this gorgeous piecing and applique combination. I've had my eye on this pattern for a few years. It's one of the many I want to make---hopefully in this lifetime.




This one's for Gillie, detail of an applique quilt embellished with stitchery such as she excels at.




For my fellow countrywoman, WiseWebWoman, this seemed most appropriate since she lives by a sweeping bay in Newfoundland. I think the pattern is called Storm at Sea, of which she has described at least one, making me thankful I live where I live!


 


I'm sure that when Friko is out digging in the dirt with Gardener she must come upon plenty of these, or their British relatives!  Bonus point: I'm fairly sure the talented lady who made this one hails from Germany too.





And here's another that could make you think you were out on a walk with Friko and Millie in Valley's End........by the same artist.






 I thought Elephant's Child, that bird obsessive, would enjoy these flamboyant fowl.....



.....and these wild lovelies.......




Pauline gives us matchless poetic descriptions of the changing seasons from her cottage in the Berkshires, so I thought this mantel cover was perfect for her.....




And since winter is sooo long up there I thought I'd throw in this traditional charmer to keep her warm!




If ever I met anyone with the gift of the gab it's Lee! I thought she might enjoy chatting with these two ladies I found enjoying the quilt show from the comfort of a bench....




Marilyn, my friend in New Mexico, reads here but hasn't figured out how to comment! I thought she'd like the southwestern feel of this quilt.......though, on closer inspection, it looks more Australian than American Southwest.





Marlene always has such cute Christmas projects I picked this one for her.





And how about this one for Dianne, that innovator---Doesn't it look as though there's a giant ball behind it? And yet it was perfectly flat....





Here's something to cheer Julie up and take her mind off all the health issues she's had the past few years....






For Smitonius and Sonata I thought these Dutch tiles would hit the spot. This is another I want to make before I die!




This next one's for Persi who appreciates all things beautiful and has been struggling to bring order to chaos after some big life changes...To me this illustrates both beauty and order.




For Meggie who loves flowers.....




Here's one for Dee who, I feel, would like the old fashioned feel of it...




For Frances, a newcomer to this blog, some more flowers...





For Denice, also a new face and a quilter. Only someone who has tried it can appreciate how good you have to be to make something as small as this---and have all the points be perfect!




For Jen who is always so positive and upbeat...




For One Woman in her cottage in the woods....




And, last but not least, here's the quilt I'd have brought home for my sister if I could have snuck it out of there, because I know she'd love it! It's also on the bucket list.




If you've made it this far I congratulate you on your stamina! There were a lot of beautiful quilts. If I inadvertently left you out and you didn't "get" a quilt, you may pout and I'll run and find you one!

I hope everyone had a happy and peaceful "Irish" day!


***Amended on Monday to include a quilt for Ganching. Of all the people to forget---another fellow Irish woman! You don't often see a comment from her here but she lurks I'm pretty sure! And I hope you read her outstanding version of "Where I'm From" a few posts back. Not sure what colours she'd go for besides green, white and gold, so I selected this vertigo-inducing number!




Stomper Girl! You really can't blame me too much---You just haven't been around much lately. This one reminds me of all the posts you wrote about Climber and Cherub as they grew from toddlers, right before our eyes, into almost teenagers!



23 comments:

Relatively Retiring said...

What a lovely idea. Thank you so much for 'mine'.

The Elephant's Child said...

They are beyond beautiful. And thank you, I am more than happy with my birds - but would have loved any of these.
My hands will no longer let me play, but here is a link to the last patchwork I ever (or will ever) completed.
http://myjustsostory.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/photo-prompt-2.html

persiflage said...

All these stunningly beautiful quilts, and your matching of them to your many blogging friends, brought tears to my eyes. As ever, I so so love and admire your blog, and all your insights.
And I have not forgotten the suggested task you set for me. It is not quite there yet.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow. What a FUN and touching post Molly. You absolutely nailed me. Just perfect. You probably know, I would also have taken the floral quilt for Isabelle and the quilts for Persi and Smitonius and Sonata. And I LOVE the quilt you picked for your sister. That would be a fun quilt-along -- you could be our fearless leader! You're a treasure -- SO sweet that you would take the time "get" your invisible friends!

Wisewebwoman said...

Thank you Molly, I love my quilt, especially the wee heart in the middle of the storm, I love it!

You might like some of the work I do, posted in previous entries, here's one which should please your Irish heart.

http://wisewebwoman.blogspot.ca/2012/07/here-she-be.html

XO
WWW

Isabelle said...

Ah yes! Of course I can never resist a black cat, but when you go and steal one for me, I would actually like to possess the your second choice for me, thanks so much. So pretty!!! I'll await the parcel with ill-concealed impatience.

dianne said...

oooo!!! i LOVE my quilt!!! thank you!!! it is so good to know that somebody out there "gets" me...

although i DID have to look up "innovator" to make sure it wasn't a BAD word ... bwah ha ha ha!!!

Secret Agent Woman said...

I totally love that you picked out such a vinrant quilt in my honor!

Lee said...

Hey! Molly...where did you get that pic of me and my friend??? ;)

What a wonderful post...so, so much fun combined with the stunningly beautiful quilts. I couldn't even finish the samplers in Home Economics in High School! Although I did make all my own clothes when I was a teenager! But I didn't (and still don't) have the patience to attack such glorious handiwork.

Susan Kane said...

Oh, you lucky lady, to see such works of art! Thanks for "my" quilt; I may actually make that one, I have the directions and desire. I even know which bin of fabric I would use!

Gillie said...

Ooh, you mentioned me, thank you and it's perfect as I love to appliqué too! Actually, could I have the quilt meant for your sister as well? Well, you know me and houses!

Frances said...

Why, thank you for the unexpected gift of flowers, Molly. Those quilts are amazing and beautiful and enviable. What artistry and "craftistry" . Fabulous.

patty said...

Molly, thank you for the beautiful quilt photo. I loved it! All the detail work is wonderful. Now if I only could wrap it around me while I sit by a turf fire with a cuppa!

ganching said...

Thank you very much for my Bridget Reilly style quilt.

Stomper Girl said...

I was nearly about to pout Molly Bawn, but I'm happy now. I love that you did this, love that through years of reading each others blogs we get to know each other. You've made my day. Thank you. Hope you have fun at this year's Quilt Show xx.

Vagabonde said...

It was delightful to enlarge each of your picture and admire the quilts. Such variety! I also went to a quilt show last week and took many photos. I showed some of them on my last post but there were 200 quilts so I’ll have another post on them. It’s interesting to see the imagination and skill that comes into making all these quilts – so many of them, and each one unique.

riseoutofme said...

Thank you Molly dear for my lovely quilt but ... I would also like secret agent woman's one ... Anytime this year will do .. Not in a hurry ..really ...

Dee said...

Dear Molly, thank you for the old-fashioned quilt you selected for me. Since my blog is an on-line memoir that takes readers back for decades, that quilt seemed just right!

All the quilts were extraordinary to someone like myself who doesn't sew, much less quilt. But I felt real awe upon viewing the first one--the Irish one--and the Secret Agent Woman quilt. Such beauty. Peace.

Julie's Journey said...

Thank you so much for my quilt. It is beautiful. I was having yet another rest and thought I would check the blogsphere.
You have made my day. Thank you again. Back to the garden.

Ali Honey said...

What alovely idea. Thank you very much. I loved my peacock and also lots and lots of the others.You spent quite a while giving us all that lovely surprise.I'm off now to check out the blogs of a few of your other friends I didn't know about.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Thankyou , I love my Dutch blue quilt !
The variety and quality were awe-inspiring . Hope you enjoyed this year's show just as much .

Pauline said...

The mantel cover is exquisite! I wish I had a mantel! I'm so sorry we won't get to meet each other this go round. I know we'd start talking and never stop. Next spring we will have to make a PLAN. There's a message from me on your answering machine!

Kacey said...

Did I see little Christian fishes quilted on the borders of Denice's little quilt? I did the same thing a few years back, when I made the flip-flop quilt to the lady whose home we stay in when we are in Florida. Check it out: http://www.cookiesoven.blogspot.com/2010/03/it-is-finished.html Quilters tend to be of the same mind! Loved this post, Molly.