Sunday, January 19, 2014



Sew We Quilt Blog Hop
Welcome to Day 10 - Wake up to KONA!

Welcome to my very young blog page! I am excited and nervous to be posting for the first time with this group of quilters. I have followed all the wonderful challenges of Madame Samm and her fantastic cheerleaders for almost a year. Thanks to the encouragement of my mentor, Lynn, from Thimblemouse & Spouse, I decided to jump in and challenge myself to put something I have created out there for others to see. 

What is funny about accepting this challenge is that I did not have any solid fabrics other than a piece of black left over from my Africa quilt! Seriously! I had to go out and spend $64 on solids.

The first thing I did was go out and purchase the sunset KONA charm pack. I LOVED the vibrant saturated color. 

I haven't ever made a quilt or ANYTHING with just solids, BUT this is supposed to be a challenge isn't it? So, I decided to take it on. 


Four years ago I made a baby quilt for my next door neighbor. The room was decorated in a fairy motif and so I started searching and found the paintings of Philip Straub. Hence, the quilt below.....


Now, I know you are thinking, this is an Edith Bunker story and you are right! But, this is my two minutes of fame so......I decided maybe I would repeat Cassidy's quilt in solids and then I thought how boring that would be. Back I went to his website and found this picture.

I made a drawing of the painting. 
I planned my colors... 
and then cut it out to make a pattern. I had to keep cutting pieces and taping them back together, then cutting out a new part.


Drawing it was easy, but relocating it onto the fabric was harder. I used my patterns to go back and make sure my placements were right.

My husband helped me hang clothespins on my fence so we could hang up the quilt. I am in Florida, so there isn't any snow.....

I did misjudge the time I needed (insert laughter in the background supplied by my DH) to finish before having it quilted by my good friend Bob at Country Crossroads. I haven't finished top stitching, so it will have to go into my February quilting slot with Bob. 

Well, after all of the storytelling and blah, blah...here is what I have done. So far, this quilt is approx. 60x86.
I will be giving it to Cassidy for her 5th birthday!
There are so many huge trees around my house, it was hard to get a picture without shadows. I hope you like it. I am pretty happy with it! Thanks for visiting me.

Thank you to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt!!! You made everything so easy. You were supportive and constantly in contact, which was sooo great for me.

Thank you Madame Samm for all you do to bring us together, out of our little sewing spaces all over the world, to collaborate. Also, you have given us a warm, playful platform to display our work and a way to make new international friends.  Have you ever thought this may be a vehicle for world peace?

Here are the rest of the courageous quilters in today's group. Leave them many encouraging comments!


January 20
Quilting Quietly (that's me)










107 comments:

  1. Oh my dearie...YOU DID AMAZING!!!!!!! Of course I've had the privilege to see this quilt in person and it just takes my breath away. Congrats on your first blog hop Mary Pat! Your post is so full of wit, such a delight to read...clearly we out here in blogland are the lucky ones to have you join us!!! Welcome dear friend - 'ya done good!'

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  2. It is beautiful! So glad that you decided to join us, hope you join us for others!

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  3. Wow! Way to think outside the box (or quilt). Very original and just beautiful…nice job!

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  4. I LOVE Cassidy's fifth birthday quilt!! Did I say "I LOVE IT!"? Well I do!!

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  5. Oh my gosh, I LOVE that quilt! It's imaginative and unique and colorful.

    I'm not familiar with Philip Straub's work so I am going to have to browse his website. :)

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  6. Perfectly written (no Edith Bunkerism in it at all.) LOL! Such a treat to have you join us and to share this absolutely gorgeous quilt! Your other quilt is beautiful, too. I look forward to seeing it all quilted so be sure to share that pic with us. Thanks for hopping with us...you've been a great addition to this hop!

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  7. Lovely! I hope you'll show it again after the quilting...it's stunning as is, though! Beth @ Words & Stitches, pbstrand@msn.com

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  8. Unbelievable! What talent you have and we are so lucky to have you share it with us! Thanks you so very much!

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  9. OH MY GOSH, that is an amazing quilt! Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  10. Mary your quilt is magical ! I'm anxious to see it quilted. The grass almost looks painted it's so perfect.

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  11. Wow, Wow, Wow….what an amazing quilt!!! Love it!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. That is one amazing art quilt. Great job!!

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  13. I agree an amazing quilt. Sew glad you joined the hop. You are a truly talented lady.

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  14. Oh i would Love to ne cassidy das ist so wunderschön, its a fairster quilt. lovely
    Regards Sylvia

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  15. What a super quilt made from picture, to drawing, to dreaming, to cutting, to - oh, just stunning!! Even without the quilting, this quilt just speaks!

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  16. This is a fabulous work of art. How very creative and talented you are. Thank you sew for sharing!

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  17. Woww, this is absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing it with us and also for explaining something about how you went about creating it.

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  18. I love your quilt. It is stunning and a piece of art. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  19. That is one seriously gorgeous quilt. It will be an art treasure for years to come foe Cassidy. You did a wonderful job transferring painting to fabric. Welcome to our wonderful quilty blogging world.

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  20. Wow, what an amazing piece of art! You are truly talented, and thanks for sharing your design process with us!

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  21. I am in awe, simply in awe! I love, love this quilt and can't even imagine the creativity that it took to make it. I don't have the gift for doing much beyond following a pattern so I am envious of those of you who do. Love it! blessings, marlene

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  22. I have to agree with Marlene!!! I have never seen anything like this,,,it is stunning

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  23. WOW! That is fabulous. You did a wonderful job recreating that picture.

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  24. That is incredible. I love seeing how you brought your inspiration to life!

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  25. Those are amazing designs and beautiful quilts.

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  26. That is a pretty awesome art quilt. I love it.

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  27. That is beautiful. I am going to have to follow you just to see the finished product. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Wow, you are so artistic. I have so much envy for someone like you. It is going to be georgeous once it's quilted!

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    1. Oops, I can't spell either! Gorgeous!!

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  29. How inspiring! Both of these projects are so beautiful. Love all the little details!

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  30. That quilt is truly a piece of ART!!! Awesome!

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  31. This is awesome!! Very clever and creative!!

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  32. Now that is really unique! Great job!

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  33. This is stunning. You are very artistic.

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  34. Lovely! I like it even better than the first one you did for her!

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  35. Oh my goodness! All that work was definitely worth... What a beautiful piece of art!!

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  36. Your quilt is amazing - Oh my gosh!

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  37. What a gorgeous piece of fantasy! Your design makes these fabrics shine!!

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  38. You have absolutely no reason to be nervous with this group of quilters. This is absolutely amazing. I am in awe of someone who can do something like this. You did an absolutely fantastic job. WOW! I do understand your excitement and nerves. Thank you for participating and being a great inspiration. I hope you participate in more hops. You brought sunshine to parts of the country (and world) that are seeing snowy days.

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  39. Awesome love it . Very inspiring thanks for sharing

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  40. OMG! You are a very talented quilter. Such a lovely quilt. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  41. What a fun quilt! Just love the whimsey. I am sure that little girl will treasure it forever.

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  42. Wow!!! That is amazing as is the first one. Your eye for color is wonderful.

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  43. Mary Pat, this is the most amazing quilt. And I think the tree shade just adds to the character of the photo, the quilt is all mushrooms after all. The quilting is going to make this look so awesome, I can just tell. Thank you so much for sharing this technique!
    ~Brandy

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  44. Great job! I love copying a picture into fabric and you have done it fantastically! It is sew whimsical and just delightful!

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  45. A courageous lady, a magnificent quilt. Cassidy is one very lucky little girl. Thanks for sharing the process to produce these beautiful quilts. Happy stitching.

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  46. What an amazing quilt, you are so talented and I'm sure Cassidy will love it.

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  47. This is incredible. A perfect project for solids. I'm just so impressed.

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  48. OMG, I love it. I have always had a plan in my mind to tackle drawing and creating, but it just hasn't happened yet. You have done a remarkable job on both your fabulous quilts!

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  49. Beautiful quilts! I am happy you have joined in the hop and showed your amazing design work. Looking forward to seeing the quilting ... :) Pat

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  50. WOW! Your quilt is gorgeous. Love how you designed it. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  51. Thank you for all your wonderful supportive comments! I have responded to each of you from my email since my iPad doesn't like the way I type in these boxes! What a great group to be a part of. I am inspired by each of you!

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  52. Very pretty! It reminds me a little of Alice in Wonderland.

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  53. OHHHHH Mary Pat…2 minutes of FAME, we hope not…we loved seeing what you could do..you are certainly an artist, of which I am thrilled to say…we hope you will grace us again with your magical stitchery...

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  54. Wow!!
    Your quilt is stunning! I'm sure Cassidy will love it!

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  55. Can't wait to see the finished quilt - such a creative use of Kona solids!

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  56. I love the whimsical look of this quilt! What a great birthday present! Very creative!

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  57. WOW!!! All I can say is amazing and gorgeous!! You are very talented!!

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  58. Pretty fairy house quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  59. These quilts are truly inspired. What talent. Love to follow you now. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  60. Amazing. You are a true artist...not to mention a creative quilter too.

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  61. Wow, this is amazing! Looking forward to seeing it completed. Thanks for sharing!

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  62. Welcome to Madame Samm's blog hops. I was nervous when I entered the first time. It only takes one time and BAM, you're addicted to them. Your quilt is beautiful! Looking forward to see you in more of the blog hops.

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  63. That is gorgeous! I'm in awe! Thanks for sharing!

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  64. I am just in awe of this quilt! It is just awesome.

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  65. WOW!!!!!! This is great. How creative you are. It is beautiful. Thank you for sharing how you did it.

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  66. Oh my goodness!! this is stunning. You did a fantastic job of making this look like a fairy garden. WOW You are so creative. thank you for sharing and for inspiring

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  67. Thanks for walking us through the construction process, a lot of work, but SUPER cute. What a great birthday gift. K

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  68. Wow! This takes the workmanship prize in my book. How beautiful and intricate. I do envy you your sunshine--we don't have snow, but have had two full weeks of fog. Thanks for sharing your amazing process.

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  69. awesome! love this quilt and how you made it! sew inspiring ... if there is a best of show for this blog tour, this quilt would take the prize!

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  70. Wonderful! You captured the whimsical picture just right--love it!

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  71. Oh WOW! This is quite amazing. I just love it. It's so magical, she is going to just shine when she gets this one:) I imagine it was quite the puzzle getting it back together.

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  72. Beautiful and amazingly creative quilt! You are very talented. Thanks for sharing,
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  73. Your quilt is truly spectacular as are the images which inspired you. Cassidy is one very lucky little girl. Kona solids really make your quilt pop. Thank you sew much for hopping...

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  74. Mary Pat,you have created a show stopper! This quilt is just dreamy,and Cassidy is one Lucky little girl indeed. Thank you for deciding to join in the fun and show us your wonderful talent,consider me inspired and awe struck.

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  75. Wonderful, so very creative! Best n show!

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  76. WOW I am amazed at your talent! Beautiful quilts. Thank you for sharing.

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  77. WOW! Amazing work of art! Love it!
    I would love to come back to see how it looks after all quilted.

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  78. WOW! That quilt is just amazing. You have done a fabulous job creating it.

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  79. Fantastic quilt!! Can't wait to see it quilted!!! So many spaces to fill!! It is going to be spectacular!!

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  80. Oh my goodness....that is an awesome quilt! You are so very talented!

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  81. Zowie! What a great quilt!!
    textilerecycler (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  82. Oh my goodness! you're taking your first hop by storm :-) I loved reading about the process behind this quilt. You have such an eye for translating painting into quilts.

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  83. Amazing quilt!! It is AWESOME!!!!!!! You are sooooo Creative!! Loved your story & readin about how you made it... Gorgeous job!!

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  84. So adorable! You are so talented! Thank you for sharing
    xo jan

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  85. Oh my goodness that is an awesome quilt! It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland (which I love). Someone is going to be so excited when she opens that gift on her birthday ;)

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  86. Good golly, what a quilt. I'm looking forward to seeing it quilted. You did a fabulous job with the whole concept. I saw a portait done similar to this but your quilt is much better because the colors are so bright. GREAT!

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  87. Your quilt is so whimsical and fun with those Kona fabrics. What a wonderful creative process and I love your inspiration. This is truly a work of art. Welcome to your first blog hop. You did a fantastic job!!

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  88. What a fun, adorable quilt!!! Thanks for showing us how you achieved this masterpiece!!!!! Guess I need to make a couple for my granddaughters :)

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  89. How COOL!! What a fun and wonderful project and that 5 year old is very very lucky, Congrats on creating such a wonderful and fun project.

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  90. Amazing!!! You must really like Cassidy to give her such a wonderful gift.

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  91. Like it?! I LOVE IT!!! Amazing job. Cassidy is one lucky little girl and I bet she will be one overjoyed little girl when she opens this present!!!

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  92. Your quilt is just amazing! Love the story behind how you came up with making it. Such a wonderful interpretation of that painting. You should be so proud! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us (and good luck with the quilting... Cassidy is one lucky little girl to be the recipient of such a fun quilt).

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  93. Absolutely stunning! You are an Artist as well as a quilter.

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  94. that is an amazing quilt. thanks for sharing!

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