Monday, May 9, 2011

Last of the show...more detail of my quilts...

To address a couple of emails (and to appease my far flung family) I am posting more details of the two quilts I entered into the Sauder Village 2011 Quilt Show in Archbold, Ohio...then I promise, off to other things in the next post!! This quilt was just too big to get a good picture of it the way it was hung at the show, but here are more pictures of "Wickedly Liberated," about 93 inches square.  The space was cramped and it was hung a little crooked (downhill!), but it was my best opportunity for pictures.  This quilt was never supposed to get this big, and there's no way to photograph it in my house and get all of it in the frame.
I did a liberated lady block swap with 16 of my closest quilting friends.  Mary J made witches for some of her blocks, and I was lucky to get one in my set.  With a 13-yr-old daughter who is ga-ga over the musical "Wicked" and the movie "The Wizard of Oz," I knew I had to come up with a quilt putting all that together, with the witch in the middle of it all.  This represented my first attempt at Tonya's free pieced letters (Lazy Gal Quilting)...they are so much fun to make!
Each person in the swap made 17 ladies, then we swapped.  I received some additional ladies and decided to make the liberated doggies...the quilt just got bigger and bigger.  I decided it needed a house that had fallen on a witch.  I had a tub of small-scale bright florals that I decided to use because Oz had such pretty flowers in the movie (I even had some poppies!).
Marilyn Lange of Ypsilanti, Michigan (who also participated in the swap) machine quilted it for me.  I love how she quilted "bow wow" next to the dog shown below.  Using a Pigma pen, I wrote the name of every person next to the legs of their offered block so I could always remember their beloved contribution.  I sew with some fantastic women, and it is nice to have a quilt containing their blocks.
Even though I wanted it to appear random, I worked in five rows, using fabric and free pieced trees to fill needed spaces.  All the lady blocks were different sizes.  Everything came out of my stash except for the background used in the word border (and the backing).

I entered this quilt because it was original, fun and different...I never dreamed I would receive a second place ribbon in the Bed Quilts: Large Pieced-Machine Quilted category.

"All Around the Town' (pattern by Sue Garmon) was hung on point, but I tried to get some "square" pictures...it wasn't easy!  (made me dizzy!)
After all that effort to get this sucker absolutely flat and perfectly square, the Sauder folks hung it on point, so it looked a little tortured.  LOL!!  I guess that is good for my perfectionism and teaches me not to take things too seriously!  It is a light-hearted quilt, after all.

I'm not sure the redneck block played very well to a northwest Ohio crowd.   I'm not sure they "got" the vehicle up on blocks and the bra, boxers, and overalls on the clothesline.  My folks down south would get it...they'd think it was a hoot!


It was fun lurking near my quilt and watching people discover various things...especially the ones trying to read the skinny border where I quilted, in order, every street, town and state I've ever lived.









I was surprised and delighted to receive the Best of Show Wall Hanging award for this quilt.  It was fun to make and allowed me to let my hair down and have fun.  Now to sew on four sleeves and get it on the wall (I intend to rotate it from time to time, revealing a new "up" each time.

Now I promise, on to other quilts and projects...

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)


25 comments:

  1. Thank you Teresa for another look at your lovely entrants. You are certainly deserving of the awards you received.

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  2. these are my two favorite quilts you have made.
    I remember when I first found your blog and the wizard of oz quilt
    I too have a dd who is crazy about that movie
    we have worn out vcr tapes of the movie and have a few copies of the dvd just incase :)
    ah yes wicked it was a great play
    thanks for sharing these close ups
    Kathie

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  3. Congratulations on your win/s. It's really interesting to hear the stories behind your two great quilts. You sound like you had a lot of fun with them.

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  4. Thank you for sharing the close ups...your "town" quilt is the most fun quilt I've ever seen...I love it. I'm so glad that they recognized it's wonder!

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  5. I just love love love this quilt. :D It was fun watching you make it, and it's fun seeing it displayed (and winning!). I wasn't in Blogland to see the other one made, but "I'll Get You My Pretties" really made me laugh. Very cool! lol

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  6. Hey I never tire of seeing these quilts. You are one talented and imaginative lady :0)

    Crispy

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  7. Congrats on your Best of Show award - you deserve it! I enjoyed watching the progress on this quilt and seeing the final product!

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  8. Congratulations on Best of Show! I can absolutely understand why you got it - your quilt is awesome!!!

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  9. WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

    Thank you so much for the additional pictures. I just adore them both. Congratulations!!!

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  10. I can't tell you how much I love these quilts, and for me, especially "All Around the Town." Congrats, you deserve it!

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  11. both are fantastic! thanks for sharing close ups, very inspiring- not that I will add it to my TO DO- lol but a gal can dream right?

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  12. The quilts are amazing! Always good to see "All Around the Town". Both are very fun!

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  13. You have two very unique quilts here. And I so appreciate you explaining the various ways you made them "yours".... lots of ideas for making some future quilt special. Four sleves is indeed perfectionistic..... but such a super idea! I know the show peeps are glad you entered.

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  14. I love seeing photos of these quilts...congrats!

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  15. Thanks again for another look at "Around Town" -- it's fun every time I get look at all those details!

    Congrats again on both ribbon wins!

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  16. I could stare at these two quilts for ages, there's so much detail, thought and joy stitched into them. I have a big laugh every time I read the words on the Wizard of Oz quilt.

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  17. Congratulations on you prizes for such beautiful fun quilts. I love seeing all the pictures up close.

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  18. Love the squashed witch! And of course your 'Around Town' is amazing. :-)

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  19. I loved both of your quilts and your blog. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Elaine

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  20. wonderful quilts, wonderful details. love how you quilted the town quilt!

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  21. Your "Town" quilt made me smile! such a happy quilt, and It warms my heart to see that beautiful quilting.....It make the quilt even more special. Great work
    Tim

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  22. WEll my dear pretty, I am not surprised at all that you won best in show. I would have given you that blindfolded...Each of your stitches speaks fine of our pretty lady...yes you are...and I am honored to know someone who has won it big...yeahhhhhhhhh

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  23. Thanks for the wonderful close ups of your quilts. these 2 are my favorites. I just love how happy and fun they are!
    congrats again on the ribbons, so well deserved!!

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  24. Wonderful to see all those close-ups again. Your quilt is just fantastic, on point or whichever way up. I guess even the back looks good...:o)))
    Jane

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  25. Teresa, your quilt is stunning. Is it needle turned and did you hand stitch it?.

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