Category Archives: Quilting

“A Crazy Quilted Egg”!

What’s the biggest “egg” in the world? It happens that it is the “ostrich egg” average size of 6 inches in circumference to 5-1/2 inches long.  That is about how big this crazy quilted egg is!  The panels of this egg have been done for awhile but resisted putting it together until recently.   The pattern was from Valerie Bothell  a few years ago because I thought it would be cute and unusual to make one. It is a fairly simple pattern.  Of course adding my own touches which is what’s nice about crazy quilting (plus some odds and ends hanging about disappear).

The pictures show each panel plus a couple of the embellishments…..

  
Like the rabbit and carrot charms?…they come from Susan Clarke Originals. They make really cute buttons and charms and other things. 

  
Lots of ribbon embroidery, beading, and flower sequins. 

  The little duckling is a button from who knows where?  I figure it appeared  in my grandmothers button box long ago. Trims along the seams…It was fun picking them out…

  
See the small bird charm…cute things are nice….the buttons  are very old  and from some grandparent. Below is a closeup picture of the “beaded cabachon”  that is on the right of this picture. A little blurry  but fun to do. First you need to glue it on the fabric (EE6000) even though the beads tend to hold the cabachon in place…it is more secure if you glue it..Ask me how I know…you really do not want to lose you “cabachon”!!

  

Monster Quilt

  Being that Thanksgiving is just around the corner brought back a memory of this quilt I gave my son as he was visiting with his family that year…and wanting to celebrate his birthday I finally finished “The Monster Quilt” . I knew he would like it because he has eclectic tastes…tough to buy for and always was a trial to get him something for his birthday and then be happy about it. Christmas was a trial to say the least…

  The backstory behind the quilt is interesting…a dear friend and I were on our way to Huntsville, Alabama to go to a Martha Pullen School. We stopped in a really neat quilt shop in “Franklin, Tennessee”.  Saw this quilt hanging up and just knew I wanted it. Alas each block was like $35.00 with fabrics etc. and then would be shipped to me. To much…and I inwardly cried…”I Want All the Blocks Now”! …it was not to be….oh well… then headed on to the school….great time as always…

  The school has a teachers selling night and boy there are tons of neat stuff….next thing I hear is my friend “Yelling…Avis come here!”..now you need to envision this…women lots of them…all talking and me hearing by friend over this crowd….Well…low and behold she saw a “Whole” kit of the “Monster Quilt” being sold at one of the booths. Only ONE… for $100.00… (no tax)… we were both so surprised and of course I snatched it up…and saved quite a bit of money…to boot! 

 Best thing when I finally finished it was the response I got from my son who was 36 years old….He whispered to me “Mom, best birthday ever!” Never had he said that to me before…what a gift… He keeps it for his naps and the dogs are not allowed….!