Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Blue Days Of Summer

 This quilt is currently on display at the Canadian National Juried Show in London ON this week. The National Juried Show opening was last night. Today it is open to the public to view. I can now show my quilt to you.

I named the quilt Blue Days of Summer, it is about 60 by 80 inches. I did most of the indigo dying in the summer of 2001, when my youngest was a new born. He is now 10 this year. This winter I got digging in a box of fabric and found all my Indigo fabrics. I had hand stitched many of the fabrics when I was pregnant. A few fabrics were folded and clapped to get the patterns. Others were hand stitched to get the pattern into the cloth. The hours of hand stitching I did was enormous, and all the hand stitching comes out after dying it.   

 This piece was rapped with large broccoli elastic bans, then dyed. I did the small pebble quilting around the hole. I think of these as Pot Holes in the Garden Path. I have a name for almost all of the pieces of fabric.

This piece of fabric was folded once and hand stitched. I think it looks like Garden Trellis, you know the diamonds.  I quilted it with a curly vein that I like to do on my long arm.

Thank You for viewing my quilt. I want you to know this quilt is one of the quilts that got my back on track this winter. When I found the fabrics in the box I just got them out to play. In a matter of a day I had desired to sew them together and make a lap quilt. So over the Christmas holidays this is what I worked on. I got it quilted in early January in time to still enter NJS.

PS I do not know who won yet at the National Juried Show. If you find out let me know. Other else I have to wait til my quilt is home to find out or till the CQA posts the winners on their web site.


  1. This looks amazing Cathy! So glad to hear that it helped while making it and that it was recognized by the CQA.

  2. Cathy,
    I don't know much about dyeing - Why did all the stitching have to come out and what is folding and clapping of fabric?
    The quilt is beautiful and congratulations on winning a ribbon. You are a gifted quilter - it is so nice to see you get the accolades that you so richly deserve.