Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Mystery quilt from Judy Laquidara

This is a mystery quilt that ran over several months designed by Judy Laquidara from   and several of her friends. i believe it was called Our Town.

I had printed out the patterns as they came along but never started it. finally i decided i wanted to make it. but out of what fabrics. 

Wellllll,  a friend of mine had paid me for a quilt job a while back with boxes of fabric....which was cool.  but there was a whole box of Christmas fabrics. i really don't 'do' Christmas fabrics. so, i decided Judy's quilt would use these up. hahahahahaha    Warning ..... some of it is a hot mess...but i was determined to use this box of Christmas.

Here we go.....the top...well, seems i have lost the pic of the whole top. i don't know what was my problem with the camera and computer today. but this is the middle....with part of the borders. see that tiny red and white sashing....with the tiny 9 patches in the corners....that might have been the hardest part of this whole quilt. Each little square of that 9 patch started out at 1". hey, from far doesn't look too bad. hahahaha

The borders had different buildings.  this was the manor house.  i tried to put things in the windows and doors.

This was the neighborhood house....with tree.

This is the industrial district....warehouses and business buildings. 

Some blocks were this bird in the fancy heart. i fused them and then stitched around with my machine so it wouldn't come un-done before i got a chance to quilt it. that white background fabric was so thin you could see through it. 

This block is the 4 bells. slight curve but nothing drastic.

I loved this cat in the window looking at the moon. the little star hanging from the moon has a heart in the middle of it. 

And then there is this wreath....remember i said parts were a 'hot mess'?  well, i think this qualifies. hahaha  there wasn't much plain fabric so even though there are different colors, it all sort of jumbles together. but remember....i was using up this Christmas fabric. 

Once i got the top was 88x100....i still had Christmas fabrics left. sigh!!  so, decided to piece a backing. there were a couple of panels...i guess these were to be pillows. and there was a panel that was to be a huge stocking to hang on your front door. i mean huge....about 50" long. that red poinsettia fabric under the panels was kind of weird. sort of scratchy .... not soft. this is a fourth of it.....i didn't feel like opening it all up and hanging it up. i just made rows across as large as i could with the fabrics that i had. then pieced parts together where i had to just to use this stuff up.

More pillow panels. that blue fabric with the bows.....yuck!  it made lousy buildings. hahahaha

And yet more panels. this going to be one crazy Christmas quilt. maybe some kid can play I Spy with it....where is the door with the snowman?  hahahaha

So, i can say i made the quilt....but it might be better if Judy and her friends don't see it....sorry, Judy.....your pattern was Christmas fabrics just brought it down. but all that Christmas is now out of my studio. the little bits left got thrown in the trash. 

Who knows how this will be quilted....or when......but done is done....I get points for that.

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