Sunday, April 19, 2009

Signs of Spring



The robins, finches and jays are back! They actually returned before the last snow storm blanketed our ground. I think they must've felt they came back too early. During one of my last visits to a local quilt store, I fell in love with this fabric by Moda. It's so 'retro!" The fabrics are part of the "Tranquility" line. I couldn't pass up these large bird panels because they reminded me of patterned paper. I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it, but knew I had to put something together. This lap quilt is 53" x 66". I made a pattern of sorts on some graph paper, and just started cutting away. It took approximately eight hours to complete this quilt top, from cutting to piecing together. I plan to have the LQS take care of the quilting and binding on their long-arm machine. I already have another quilt top I want to get started; and I know that one will take me most, if not the rest, of the summer to finish.

15 comments:

runningonink said...

Oh my heavens and stars, this is GORGEOUS! You are so talented it kills me! I wish I could quilt but I really can't sew a straight line- shhhhh! LOL! I love the colors and those birds send me over the moon!

Jennifer said...

Oh my GOSH! Ethel this is fantastic. Positively fantastic. Love it! Love it! LOVE IT! Are you going to hang it? Gift It? Use it?

Suzi said...

That is too pretty!!! I love it! Ok, when you say your next top will take the rest of the month, do you mean the month of April?? If so, seems your kicking them out QUICK!!!

Mary said...

You rock girl! I love this. You've inspired me to get my 2 quilts finished at the local QS. They've been sitting in my cedar chest for over 5 years now!

Karen said...

This is beautiful Ethel!! It somehow looks modern and retro at the same time. I see your patterned paper correlation, especially that branch....actually, I've also seen that branch in a stamp or two! :> You make amzing quilts....eight hours??? Start to finish?! Wow! I'm not a fan of measuring, so I'm sure quilting is out for me. But, I do really respect quilters and their eye (one of my best friends quilts...a lot!). So glad to see you enjoying this craft! :>
TiikkiStars @ the Shack

CharityHand said...

This is beautiful!!! I don't quilt, but this makes me want to start!

Directmailscrapper said...

Ethel, what a beautiful quilt. I definitely see the correlation between stamping/scrapping/quilting. Your colors are gorgeous.

Tami B. said...

This is an amazing quilt, Ethel. I adore those birds. Everything your hands touch is stunning.

Anne said...

Hi, Ethel! Stunning quilt top! I can see why you fell in love with the bird panels! :-)

Sue McGettigan said...

Lovely fabrics and colors Ethel, this is fabulous!!

pescbrico said...

Really wonderful Ethel!!! You have magical fingers :)

Julie Koerber said...

Ethel, Ethel, Ethel.... this is one of the most gorgeous quilts I have ever seen! Those colors are just stunning and eye popping! You have a ton of talent girl!!!

Thanh said...

Holy toledo! So this is what you've been up to Ethel. I like your new skills, or perhaps not so new but this is amazing!!

Cindi said...

WOW!! I love LOVE this quilt! awsome job, Ethel
:)

Sandy said...

Stunning!! Wow wow wow....if it needs a home, it would be *perfect* in my house Lololol...