03/10/14

Design Wall Monday – Wizard of Oz Row Quilt

When I lived in Pennsylvania I stitched with a group a ladies on the first and third Tues of the month. The Tuesday Quilters are a talented group of quilters who happen to love friendship block exchanges. I moved to Kansas in 2008 but the group has continued to include me in their assortment of exchanges. Most recently we did a row exchange. Each participant determined the theme for their quilt and made the starting row. The project rotated to a new quilter every 6 weeks or so. At each stop a new row was stitched and added to the box. The themes were varied: butterflies and blossoms, southwest, patriotic, coffee, baskets, stars, flower garden, at the beach, and from Kansas – The Wizard of Oz!

Wizard of Oz rows from Tuesday Quilters Row Exchange

Wizard of Oz rows from Tuesday Quilters Row Exchange

My completed rows arrived in the mail the other day (missing two rows but I am optimistic they will show up soon!)

I sent my starter row (on top in the picture) with a box of Wizard of Oz fabric and asked for whimsical. I thought it was easy! But, oh my! The complaining I heard! I even received a poem of complaint!

There once was a quilter named Roz  (actually Barb E.)

Who hailed from the land of Oz

Her row theme was a scream,

Which caused us to dream                    (more like nightmares -JUST KIDDING, really, it’s very cool.)

Therefore, giving us pause for the cause.

They may have whined and they may have fretted but I knew my friends would come through in the end. Just look at their clever work. (click on the image to enlarge)

Paper pieced by Janet. And she isn't a paper piecer so these witches are extra special!

Paper pieced by Janet. And she isn’t a paper piecer so these witches are extra special!

Dorothy and her shoes by Karen.

Dorothy and her shoes by Karen.

Paper pieced by Marylou, who is a paper piecer! Love the use of Dorothy's dress fabric!

Paper pieced by Marylou, who is a paper piecer! Love the use of Dorothy’s dress fabric!

Look at the cute little dog! Ginny's family owns apple orchards so I love that she featured these famous apple trees on her row!

Look at the cute little dog! Ginny’s family owns apple orchards so I love that she featured these famous apple trees on her row!

It's all about the shoes! Made by Judy.

Judy featured the yellow brick road and as we all know, it started with the shoes….

Judy appliqued that gorgeous rainbow and made the Emerald City really sparkle!

…and ended at the Emerald City. Judy appliqued that gorgeous rainbow and made the Emerald City really sparkle with fancy fabrics!

Thank you Tuesday Quilters! I love my rows!

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09/30/13

Design Wall Monday – Off to Quilt Camp!

Awhile back, when I decided to join Design Wall Monday, I told myself that there was no pressure to absolutely, without fail, post something every Monday. I’ve been away and my design wall has been bare for two full weeks. But today I have something fun to show!

Oz overall quiltI don’t have attention deficit disorder but I am easily distracted and sometimes things just don’t get done in the order other people might expect them. Take for example my current project: A great big 95” x 95” Wizard of Oz quilt. Designed several years ago as a block of the month program by Sharon Vesecky at Quilter’s Paradise in Baldwin City, KS, it is whimsical and fun. I saw the finished quilt hanging in Sharon’s shop last fall and bought one of her last full kits with the idea that I would sew a block or two a month and finish it in due time. It was a great plan!

Inspired by a recent visit to The Wizard of Oz Museum, in Wamego, KS, (very fun, by the way!) I pulled my project out to assess my progress, or lack thereof.  

 The blocks sew up quickly – when one spends most of their sewing time doing hand applique’ any machine piecework seems fast!  But instead of slow and steady wins the race, I tend to go in spurts, cutting and stitching 3-4 months’ worth of blocks in a sitting. Then I might need the design wall for something else so I pull the current display off the wall and tuck it away for later. That’s pretty much my system – pinging from project to project. Please tell me I’m not the only one who works that way! Wizard of oz quilt in progress  Here is the upper left corner of the work in progress.

Technicolor film, a little dog, ruby red slippers, rainbow-bargello style, it's all here!

Technicolor film, a little dog, ruby red slippers, rainbow-bargello style, it’s all here!

Good Witch/Bad Witch Block

Good Witch/Bad Witch Block

I have three days of uninterrupted retreat sewing coming up and will be taking this with me along with 15 or so other projects in various stages of completion (I believe in having plenty to choose from depending on which way the wind is blowing!). But there is no pressure – I’ll sew what I feel like sewing and bring the rest home for another day.

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