Monday, March 26, 2012

Wildflowers are in Bloom!!

It's a beautiful day here in Texas...sunny springtime weather. And that means wildflowers! Roadsides in Texas are bursting with color as the Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes are in full bloom.

So this seemed to be the perfect time for me to post my "Bluebonnets Etal" quilt. Being a retired teacher, I find that I am often using "Etal" which is an abbreviated form of the Latin term et alia meaning "and others."

Now back to the subject...My "Bluebonnets Etal" quilt combines bluebonnet and other wildflower fabrics as well as other coordinating prints with a  "Turning Twenty" pattern. The colors and flowers remind me of the Texas Hill Country in the Springtime...and some of the wildflowers I see in our pastures as well. The quilting is an edge-to-edge pantograph design called "Linna's Charm #2."

This quilt will also be on display at the Gun Barrel Quilters Guild Quilt Show 2012 on April 27-28, 2012 at the Cain Center in Athens, TX.

I hope the wildflowers are blooming in your neck of the woods as well!

Spanish Cross Wall Hanging

Since my longarm machine is out of commission at the present time, I decided I would use the "down time" to share some of my other completed projects.

The "Spanish Cross" wall hanging has three hand embroidered crosses set in Attic Windows. I chose shades of brown and tan for this project because those colors remind me of ancient carvings in stone.

I worked on the embroidery on the cross blocks at night while watching TV...seemed like for weeks! Then the idea to use Attic Windows blocks came to me. I was picturing crosses carved into the stones of Spanish missions. The swirls on the background and border fabrics seemed to suggest the carvings of Spanish architecture or Spanish missions here in Texas.

This wall hanging will be one of my entries in an upcoming quilt show, "Birds of a Feather Quilt Together" which is sponsored by the Gun Barrel Quilters Guild. The show will be at the Cain Center in Athens, Texas on April 27 & 28.

In future posts, I will feature some other quilts that I will have in this show.

In the meantime...some close-ups...

Until next time...happy quilting!