Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Showing earlier than I planned....

Isn't this wild? It is going to be a new quilt for is Olivia, the TV cartoon pig. I saw her before Lorelei had arrived and thought well who in the world would like that cartoon. The answer is Lorelei. She loves her...along with a bunch of others. I have had the top made for a week or two. I had the 'blocks' made for a few days before finding that wild fabric to use as sashing and border.

I use the term block loosely here...the pictures of Olivia are just printed on the fabric. Not applique or anything hard. They came framed in pink and red, but I cut that off to cut them all the same size, then used a black and white print to frame each picture. They sat for a while...I went through my material and could not find anything I liked to use between the blocks.

I happened to go for a drive one of those rambling drives with no destination in mind. I ended up north of Paris, Illinois, on Route 1 a couple miles north of Lori's Pins & Needles, one of the best quilt shops around. She always has the best selection of fabric around. So, I thought since I was over there I would stop and look for sashing material. I had something entirely different in mind, but she had everything but what I wanted. She had fabrics from the line of fabrics I wanted, but not the particular fabric I had had in mind.

Then I saw the red/chartreuse fabric and it called my, it shouted my name...saying 'Here I am! Here I am!' I could not resist it. I thought I might get home and not like it, but when I laid the blocks on top of it leaving 3 or 4 inches between, I still liked it. I hollered for Roger to come look and see what he thought. He loved it as much as me. So, I stuck with it.

I made the backing the other day...I am using bleached muslin for the first time ever in my life. Well, the bleached part...I have used plain muslin before. Anyway, yesterday I got it all stretched and layered and pin basted, my machine is set up to free motion quilt...yet I have not totally made up my mind about how I am going to quilt it nor the thread I want to use. About the time I think I have decided, I have second thoughts.

I am hoping to get it quilted in the next day or so...since we will be headed over there this weekend sometime.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

That is absolutely gorgeous, Rose... Lorelei is so lucky to have a talented Grandmother like you... WOW!!!!!


Rebecca said...

Lot of work there!

George said...

Lorelei is going to love this. It's beautiful.

Judy said...

Oh my Rose, that is sooooooo cute. I love it and so will Lorelei.

EG Wow said...

I think you chose the perfect fabrics to go with the block, Rose. I would have thought matching the blocks would be impossible but it looks GREAT!

Mary said...

I love it! That sashing fabric is fun and perfect with the blocks. I know you will do a great job quilting it. Lorelei will love this when it is done.

Dandelion Quilts said...

Oh I love the colors. AND I love Olivia, too. What a darling quilt. I am sure she will love it.

Gill - That British Woman said...

what a lucky little girl she is. That screams 70's to me the border and sashing fabric, so funky and in keeping with the cartoon piggies.

By the way have neither heard of or seen that cartoon.

Gill in Canada

Jacob said...

Hi Rose! Nice to hear from you.

I like the clouds in the next post...we have those sometimes, too. Very dramatic.

And Lorelei is one lucky kid to get such a beautiful quilt.

Your comments on Cedar Key made me go back and look again...I only saw three. But you are right, there are four - I can see the legs and the nose of the 4th one under the railing.

Very good eye!

Have a wonderful weekend. Hope things are well with you and yours!

Sue said...

This quilt is going to be beautiful...Clayton likes Olivia too!

Lindy MacDuff said...

Hi Rose,
This Olivia Pig quilt is just too, too cute! I would imagine Lorelei will absolutely love it.