Saturday, February 20, 2010

Fan Block Finished

Esther got that Juki really singing and finished her quilting of the 9 Patch.

She was very pleased!

I stitched away on my fan block in the meantime, yesterday spending the day deciphering the enigmatic sport of curling, watching the Olympics. I get such a kick out of it...

This seems more like "primary colors" than "jewel tones", but I did keep things bright!
To see the other blocks that will go into this quilt for a hospital in Texas, look here.

Next up, I hope to get started on my entry for the Alliance for American Quilts contest this year, "New from Old". (All the info you need for entering is on that page.) It's a broad theme that celebrates the past in the frame of the present.
Though as a board member I am ineligible to win--and the prizes are really great this year, including a HandiQuilter mid-arm machine, the traditional "sit down model", valued at $5000--I love participating. 16" X 16" is a great format...I hope you'll considering entering, too. The winners are determined by online voting of Alliance members. You don't have to join to enter, but your entry fee is so much less if you're a member that it pays to join for that reason alone...plus, you'll get to vote! The quilts will be shown in different venues around the country, and then auctioned off next fall. Proceeds benefit the Alliance--what a win/win!

14 comments :

Gerry Krueger said...

Hooray for Esther...Her quilt is a treasure. I adore your poppy fan and it's jewel tone in my book. Now I'll hop over and check out the contest... That would be fun.... Thanks

Gerry K.
http://olderrose.blogspot.com

Conni said...

Esther looks so adorable wrapped in her quilt! It turned out great - very impressive - what a sense of accomplishment she must have!

Your fan block is beautiful - as are the blocks of the other artists. That's going to be one amazing quilt!

Ann Flowers said...

Your fan block is gorgeous!!!! I think it fits the jeweled tones for sure:)


Ann Flowers
flowerscrazyq@gmail.com

shirley said...

Love your fan block particularly the bright colours. Love crazy patchwork but dont get to do any these day. Have some pics of some I have done in the past on my blog but haven't done any for a couple of years.

The quilt turned out awesome...I am so envious of ladies who do such wonderful quilts. I am hopeless at it.

Raspberry said...

New from old....ideas are already swirling around in my head. I sure I'd never win, but it would still be a lot of fun to enter one.
I am so much in love with those sweet little red flowers on your fan block!

meera said...

Woah! Allie! That block is gorgeous!

Esther! I am totally impressed that you took on such a large scale project and pulled it off with such skillful results. That quilt is an heirloom! :)

Heather said...

that fan quilt it going to be gorgeous. thanks for sharing the pics.

Debra said...

Clap! Clap! for both you and Esther!

stitchin' girl said...

Your fan block is gorgeous!

Plays with Needles said...

What a blue ribbon day for you both! Esther wrapped in her own creation -- did she already know how to machine quilt or did you teach her? The quilting looks really great and since I know nothing about the Juki or its magic...

As for your block it is a joy to behold. I smiled when the browser opened up the picture -- the dyed lace in blues/green was a nice selection, the poppies POP and the other little astilbe or whatever they are...well they are probably my faves...I like you you used those little flower sequins on top of the bigger one. I'll have to try that one!

Barbara C said...

Your block is just gorgeous. Those poppies are the best.

Pam Kellogg said...

Allie, it's always such a pleasure to visit your blog. I love Esther's 9 patch. It looks perfect! And your fan block is incredible as always!

Hugs!

Jane said...

Wow, Esther did get her groove on with the machine, didn't she? Great job!
Your block turned out so dimensional. I can only visualize it together with all the other fans you linked to... can't wait to see the finish

Possibilities, Etc. said...

I love Esther and her quilt - those old, traditional nine-patch patterns are the best!! Your fan is also pretty.