What a week here in NJ. First the earth quake and now a hurricane? crazy times.
On Tuesday shortly before the earthquake, (yes, I did feel it) a hummingbird flew into my family room through the open back door - what?? No-way.
I tried guiding it out but he only wanted to fly up, not down and over to the door.
I finally gently put my hands around him and then released him. It was amazing. Especially for a bird person like me. What a gift.
I'm sharing a quilt and story today that I made years ago. Yes, the machine is still waiting for a part, so only hand quilting at the moment.
I named it Bird Lady - see next photo
The backing fabric is beautiful birds. After completing this quilt, I felt it was looked too new, so I threw the whole thing in the washer with a box of taupe rit dye. They were out of tan. I thought my quilt buddy Jill was going to have a heart attack when I told her that.
This is another copy cat quilt. Here is the original "Evening Star".
Here is a close up of some of the fabrics I used. I collected large scale florals and fruit for quite a while to make this.
Look at these modern fabrics, asian coi and little red riding hood. All I can say is, I thought the color and scale looked right.
Here is my favorite cable machine quilting that I did on the border print.
It was awarded "The Governors Award" at the New Jersey State Guild show in 2007. I was presented with a hand signed letter from Jon Corzine, the governor at the time. I have put it in a very safe place, and now I can't find it...ever do that?
Making this quilt was destiny for me. I found this oversized calendar page of it in 1990 while living in Illinois.
Then I took this picture in 2003 on a historical home tour in Indiana.
Then I found the photo in my favorite quilt book. It finally dawned on me that I kept admiring this same quilt over and over.
When I finally made the quilt in 2004, after moving to New Jersey, I learned that it was made in Summit, New Jersey. Destiny, right?
Here is a photo (of a photo) of a smaller version I made with left overs for a non-quilting friend. Notice; less blocks, wider border ;)
I have an entire file folder of quilts based on this simple star pattern. I've made many versions, including my recent baby quilt. The possibilities are endless with this timeless block.
Wish us luck with Irene! We're going to be battening down the hatches tomorrow for her.