Saturday, December 29, 2018

On the 5th Day of Christmas...

My True Love gave to me...

Five Golden Rings

According to writer Pat Johnson in the Vancouver Courier 12/21/15, five golden rings represents the Pentateuch, or the first five books in the Bible -- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

I can remember as a kid singing the 12 Days of Christmas and when we got to the "5 golden rings" part, we'd yell it instead of singing it.  So, I wanted this quilt to really stand out.  What's more striking than a black and gold quilt?

The center block is actually a Celtic design, but it was perfect for this design.  I call this one "5 Celtic Rings," as a nod to my Irish heritage as well as the song.

Friday, December 28, 2018

On the 4th Day of Christmas...

My True Love gave to me...

Four Calling Birds

According to writer Pat Johnson in the Vancouver Courier 12/21/15, the four Calling Birds stand for the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The block in this quilt is called Four Little Birds and was published in 1928 by Ladies Art Company.  I was really drawn to the graceful curves in these four birds.  I named this quilt "Swoop" because to me it looks like all four birds are swooping down to grab the same tiny morsel.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

On the 3rd Day of Christmas...

My True Love gave to me...

Three French Hens

According to writer Pat Johnson in the Vancouver Courier 12/21/15, the three French Hens represent FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE.

This quilt block is appropriately named Hen and Her Chicks.  It appeared in Kansas City Star in 1947.  I chose a red and white colorway for this design so there was a lot of contrast and the blocks stood out.  I especially like how alternating the placement of the reds and white makes the quilt almost pulsate.

I call this quilt "9 Chicks."

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

On the 2nd Day of Christmas......

My True Love gave to me...

Two Turtle Doves

According to writer Pat Johnson in the Vancouver Courier 12/21/15, the two turtle doves represent the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

I call this quilt design Doves in Flight. I was not quite sure how to represent a "turtledove" exactly (an image of a turtle with wings kept coming to mind) so I focused on the Dove as a symbol of peace for this design.

I chose 2 shades of purple paired with solid white.  I decided on this particular Dove block (see below) because of the many different layout options.

This is a close up of a single Dove block, which actually features 4 Drunkard's Path units.  This particular Dove block pattern is attributed to Kansas City Star.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

On the 1st Day of Christmas.......

My True Love gave to me...

  A Partridge in a Pear Tree.

According to writer Pat Johnson in the Vancouver Courier 12/21/15,  "both 'my true love' and the partridge in a pear tree represent Jesus — the partridge because it’s a bird that will sacrifice its life to save its children."

I call this quilt design Birds and Pears.  I love how it has a modern feel to it even though it is in traditional Christmas colors.

Monday, December 24, 2018

The 12 Days of Christmas

For the Last couple of years, I've done a series of special holiday posts to share with you. 

Start HERE for my 2016 Playing Around with Christmas Songs


Start HERE for my 2017 12 Days of Christmas Gifts

For 2018, I thought I'd revisit the 12 Days of Christmas and design quilts to represent EACH day.

Did you know that the 12 Days of Christmas begins on December 25th and ends on January 5th?

Check out this great article written by Pat Johnson for the Vancouver Courier 12/21/15 for a great explanation of what the song really represents.  This was a real surprise to me so I wanted to share it with you this holiday season.

But before I forget --

to you and yours

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Fall Quilt Market in Review Part 2

Isn't it typical that Quilt Market was a month ago and I'm still working on blogging about it?  LOL!

On Saturday and Sunday of Market, the show floor was open as was the quilt display.  If you've never been to Market, it's hard to describe what the show floor looks like.

Here are a couple photos taken through the porthole windows on the second floor:

The show floor is MASSIVE!  Filled with every quilt goody known to humankind.  Thank goodness the aisles are numbered or else you might get lost.  There were 22 aisles and each aisle is divided in half with a central wide aisle running through.  The show floor is so overwhelming but in a good way!

Since I didn't have any appointments or meetings scheduled, I was free to wander to my heart's content.  Which I did.  Of course, I checked in with many friends and met a lot of new friends too.  I stopped at C&T Publishing, Villa Rosa, and others just to say hi.

At C&T, I actually made an appointment to sit down and talk to the acquisitions editor, Roxanne, so that I could pitch a couple of book ideas to her.  Really, I didn't go to Market to pitch a new book idea, but I went prepared just in case.  (Well, hey, I was a Girl Scout, you know.)

Anyway, here are some things I saw on the Show Floor that I found photo-worthy:

Saturday was an exhausting day!  Then Saturday night, I went with my shop owner friend Shirley to the Moda dinner, which is always a good time.

On Sunday, I had the chance to check out the quilt display which by the way is in the other half of the first floor of the conference center!  I am sad to say that I only made it through about 3/4 of the quilt displays, but WOW -- the displays were amazing.....incredible......even breath-taking!

Here are a few teasers for you:

One of my absolute favorite things to do at Market is to participate in book signings.  I really love to meet authors and it's fun to help them celebrate their books.  Here's my favorite photo from the book signings I was lucky enough to attend -- can you guess who????

Eleanor is doing great!  She looked wonderful and was so very gracious.  I am thrilled for her that she's celebrating her 40th anniversary for Quilt in a Day.  Did you know that they updated her first book, Make a Quilt in a Day Log Cabin?  Click HERE to get your own copy!

Stay tuned for some book reviews for the books I discovered at Market.

To revisit Part 1 of my Fall Quilt Market in Review posts, click HERE.