Once again, I was asked to make a couple of quilts for Fabri-quilt, to show off one of their new lines of fabric for Spring Quilt Market. The fabric line is called Antique Treasures and it is inspired by 30's era fabrics. I was able to pick out some (almost) solids from their Crystals line of fabric to help give the designs some contrast. I call this first quilt "Calico Flowers" and the second one is "Calico Butterflies".
Preparations for the big quilt show in Lawrence Kansas continue! For more information click here. As I have mentioned before, back in A bird a day: Thirty-three, my quilt guild auctions small quilts at our quilt show to raise money for local charities and the guild. To help round up more of these quilts, we had a round-robin challenge where we started with orphan blocks that were then passed from person to person each month. The goal was to end up with a finished small quilt. Some of the blocks did not make it 'round very far, like the bird quilt here: It was made by Sharon Murrow and me. This second quilt was made by Sharon Murrow and me and one additional participant, Kathy Baldwin. My part on these two quilts was to add the bird and the flowers. Well, I did the machine quilting too. I made the embroidered looking flowers on these quilts by free motion machine stitching the stems using a heavy weight variegated thread. Then I just put french knots along the stems using a variegated perle cotton thread. So much easier than beading...I am hooked on french knots. The second quilt here won the viewer's choice award at guild. Hurray for my team!
I took a short break from the birds to help a little bit with my quilt guild's quilt show preparations. My main assignment was to repaint the sandwich board signs that set out in front of the quilt show location. (If you'll be in the Lawrence Kansas area next weekend, click here for more information on the show!) Here is how they turned out: Not too subtle, are they?