Lucky Stripper is now checking out the sites in Virginia.

Lucky Stripper arrived yesterday via Air Mail from Germany:

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It was a nine-day trip with some air sickness, but she’s now ready to explore the many tourist sites in Virginia. She first looked on the Virginia is for Lovers website. And this post caught her eye: LOVE WORKS. There’s one in Abingdon, Virginia, and my daughter is in the “V” in this photo, taken last year.


It’s inspiring, and I might want to make a LOVEwork of my own. Go check it out and be inspired too.

After we do some sightseeing around Virginia, I’ll get to making a chicken pinchusion for the next leg of the Oh Sew Tempting Chicken Run Giveaway Sort Of.

I promise not to stay out too long with Lucky Stripper, and soon I’ll get the next chicken on the run.

Identity crisis: traditional? liberated? modern?

Around 2008 I began taking quilting classes. I wanted to learn all the techniques — paper piecing, applique, Y-seams and so on. My first class was machine applique and the quilt pattern was Thirties Treasure using Thirties fabric:

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I then took a class beginning in October 2009 using the book, Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler, by Jennifer Chiaverini, where I learned a different technique each month over a nine-month period:

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I followed that up with the Christmas Greetings Sampler by the same author:

Elm Creek Christmas Greetings1

I also took a class in 2011 where we made the quilt Vintage Moments. I’m still hand quilting it:


I consider these quilts “traditional.”

I’ve made a few baby quilts. I have a photo of only one of them. I designed this one:


Last year I wanted to use my “scraps” from these quilts and found the quilt book, Sunday Morning Quilts. One of the authors has a wonderful blog: My first project was fabulous:


Without these other quilts, I could not have made this quilt.

I recently joined a group at Blue Crab Quilt Co. The group initially used the book, Liberated Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston. I took fabrics left over from Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler and made these liberated blocks:


I’m not sure what I’m going to do with these, but it was nice experimenting with liberated quilting.

While looking for a pattern for a gift for my sister, I saw this quilt pattern called Aerial by Carolyn Friedlander. This is a modern quilt. I’m about half way through making the “plots”:


By the way, on the right in the photo are a few of the Quilted Storage Boxes I made using directions from Sunday Morning Quilts:


These boxes have been essential in organizing all those “scraps.” They make it more likely that I will continue to make more liberated and/or modern quilts.

I did make that gift for my sister:


I can’t escape the fact that this turtle is very traditional and I liked it so much I made one for myself:


I’m trying to decide which of these design styles I like and how can I incorporate them into my life. I wonder if there’s a market for a modern liberated traditionalist quilt pattern and what would that pattern look like?

Scrapper’s Delight

I finished Scrapper’s Delight from the book, Sunday Morning Quilts. I love, love, love this quilt. I chose fabrics from all my fabric scraps, except brown. It made the most happy quilt. I loved using all the fabrics from my previous projects. I was pleased that such different fabrics and colors could go so well together.

Picnic size

Picnic size

Machine Quilting

Machine Quilting

Great twin bedding

Great twin bedding

Love the secondary pattern

Love the secondary pattern