90" x 45"
It all began at a quilting retreat in Vermont at France Holliday Alford's lovely home and studio. Only I wasn't there, and didn't even know about it yet! Frances is well know for her ability to get people together to work on fun and collaborative projects. After the first round of efforts in Vermont, she extended the invitation to a few more! I eagerly jumped in for a go, as did Leslie Jenison. We got very minimal instructions, along with a sketch and a few photos. Here is a link of an earlier post on my progress. Eventually the first group, Frances, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Michele Muska, and Hoodie Crescent, (see Hoodie's post for more info on the creation of this wonderful quilt!) sent us their panels for assembling the quilt. Leslie and I had each completed ours, and we took on the task of putting the works together. It was a mighty job, but we were up for the task....and had a great time! How we went from this....
|Detail of Hoodie's panel. Love the plastic fish embellishments!|
|Here's a closeup of sewing one of the dots on the quilt.|
|This is me pinning the circles on to see how they looked.|
|Here's Leslie trying to fit this rather large and un-wieldy quilt under the machine. We likened it to try to fold a piece of plywood in half and sticking it under the machine, and then laughed so hard we had to take a break!|
|Closeup of the actual stitching of the panels. It took 2 of us to hold and guide it through the machine.|
|Michele's fabulous houses on the hill.|
|These are my houses, both in the tree and on the ground.|
|Here's another view of my panel with the ladder going to the clouds.|
|Here's a view of one of Frances' houses and an adorable owl charm hanging on her tree.|
|A detail of Leslie's work. Love her bird and the ball of silk ribbon in the center. Goes together so well with her fabric choices!|
|Michele's wonderful tree!|
|Victoria's dancing dolls, possibly my favorite embellishment on the quilt. So joyful!!|
|Victoria's garden. LOVE this tall flower and the stitching!|
And, last, Leslie and I were playing with a blacklight. I don't remember why...., but our quilt totally glows! And, you won't see this in Houston (because in Houston, the lights will be on.. lol!) Here are a few photos, taken in the dark, with the blacklight, of our glowing designs and threads. Enjoy!!