Sunday, February 15, 2009

Blue Willow underway

The quilt I have been working on is the second in a series. I made the first one "Jade Willow" last year for my bedroom. I had planned on making this quilt first and I have been collecting the perfect fabrics for a few years. The inspiration for this quilt series came from my collection of blue and white plates that are hung on the dining room wall. I like to collect pieces with blue willow theme and also commemorative plates. My first pieces came from my Grandmother ~ Ruth Gordon Glavin aka Vava. She had been to Copenhagen and brought back some pretty little (3") blue and white plates. You can see the plates from her in the center of the wall. She was a great lady.
Below is the section with most of the Blue Willow pieces. I love the lid and the candle holder best.
I am making the quilt to go under the glass of the dining room table. We eat here often because the island only has four seats.
I am at the point that I should iron on the fused pieces and begin appliqueing them. I need to clean off my ironing surface and then get Kevin to help me carefully move there. I am a little anxious about the white background for obvious reasons. I am planning to put the quilt under the glass on my dining room table.

Below is a detailed shot of the focal point in the quilt, the willow tree.
Another detail shot - I loved choosing the fabrics for this quilt. I tried not to duplicate - however there are few places where I did.
This is one of my favorite parts of the quilt, I had been keeping this piece of variegated blue fabric for some special reason and I think I found the perfect place for it. I haven't decided how I am going to handle the circles yet. When I am done, I will post a photo of it:)
My quilts are on display at the Charlton Sewing Center until 3/1/09. If you haven't been to this shop it's a must! The shop is in a former church;high ceilings, lots of light, beautiful stained glass windows. The owner Cathy Racine is a terrific lady. The last time I was there, everyone shopping was offered hot cider or coffee. Cathy will often play the organ for visitors to the shop. I don't want it to sound like a religious experience because it isn't at all ~

There is a reception on 2/22/09 from 1-3. If you live in the area, come say hi!

I am a guest blogger this week on quilting bloggers. I am giving away a Murphy Bag to someone who leaves a comment until 12:00 am on 2/20/09. I would like you to tell me your most recent Random Act of Kindness. The one I like best will get the bag in the photo below. The bag has lots of pockets, it's machine quilted and has lots of Swarovski crystals on it.