Today I received my birds from Mary Lou Weidman's Yahoo Group Swap. I love them all. And, each one is so different. That's the fun of being in the swaps!! In the past, I have participated in the flower and watering can swaps. I'm going to add the birds on the top and bottom of my previous swaps. I'm loving how this quilt is turning out and it's very special to me.
The fabric for the Hoffman challenge this year is so fun and I thought I would try entering the challenge this year. I love the colorful circles. This is my first year entering a quilt in the challenge. My quilt was inspired by one of my favorite quilt artists, Mary Lou Weidman. I used the cow pattern in the book, Out of the Box with Easy Blocks: Fun with Free Form Piecing. I reduced the pattern, because I had to fit all of my ideas in a small quilt. My quilt is 35" high by 40" wide. The idea for my hills were from Mary Lou's vacation quilt. Wow, the hills were a lot of work.
The fabric this year is called, Indigo. I wanted to have my cows playing under a blue indigo MOOn. The last blue moon was November 21, 2013. I still had the moon in my head when I was designing the quilt.
Here is a detail of the Mama Cow. The circles from the fabric made some interesting eyes!!
The playful calf and a curious bunny watching the fun taking place the night of the Indigo MOOn.
And a night owl on the Mama cow's back.
My goal is to make the traveling show for Hoffman. We will see with fingers crossed! I will be waiting to hear the judge's comments.
I follow Anita on Bloomin' Workshop and over a year ago she started her Random Sampler. I loved what she was doing and decided to start my own. She is using the talented Gwen Marston's quilt in Liberated Medallion Quilts as inspiration.
My center medallion block is a block that finishes at 12 inches that I didn't use in another quilt. So, I added half square triangles and borders to it. I like it now, not so much before. It's amazing how adding to a block can improve it.
This is what I have going so far. It's been fun using my favorite fabrics. And, creating different blocks. I started using a lot of medium fabrics and then looking back at Gwen's quilt she had a lot more white backgrounds so I went searching and shopping for some lighter backgrounds to add.
Anita's blog has some great tutorials and ideas for blocks to add to the sampler. I have some others I need to make yet. I really have enjoyed this quilt and it's easy to sit down and make a block in an evening.
I have been making hats and scarves for American Girl dolls. This hat is my eighth hat. I have a bag of leftover yarn I purchased at a garage sale and it's been fun knitting up projects. The small hats knit up so fast. :)
The Houston 2013 International Quilt Festival is starting on October 31 and goes until November 3. I have never been there, but I can say I have a quilt hanging at the quilt festival. My quilt called, MOOrage, is hanging in a special exhibit called MOOston. I would like to thank Mary Lou Weidman and Mel McFarland for putting this special cow herd together and allowing me to be a part of the herd. Mary Lou and Mel have been putting Cow Stampedes together and added a few more smiles.
The basic pattern for the cow quilt is in the book called, Out of the Box With EASY Blocks, by Mary Lou and Mel. Then, be creative and make your cow special. Mary Lou's blog has some great photos of the Cow Show at AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines, Iowa. The photo below is from the Des Moines quilt show which took place in early October. There were 45 cow quilts that hung in the AQS Des Moines quilt show.
Amy does such a great job of putting on a quilt show!! Thank you Amy! I love all the inspiration!
Someday I will get to Houston. I can't even imagine what it's like. All of my favorite quilters, vendors, classes and a GREAT QUILT SHOW! For now, I will keep dreaming and if my quilt could talk it would tell me all about the great people that viewed the show.