Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rockin' Robin!

I usually don't get too into givaways - but when I discovered that I have a chance to win a map quilt made by my current idol - mentor - girl crush? -  Valerie Goodwin  - I had to follow instructions.  It wasn't hard,  and I'm really interested to know that there is another architect/art quilter out there, just down the road in Seattle.  I am looking forward to browsing Louise Wackerman's blog, I'm Feeling Crafty,  and read more about her art quilt work.  If you want to get in on this giveaway, head over to her blog and leave a comment.

In other news, through a bizarre accident, I missed out on the first meeting of the Moonlight Quilter's Art Quilt (Rockin'?) Round Robin.   The organizer's last name is Daily, and all her e-mail messages got dumped into my "Quilting Arts Daily" folder.  These are e-mails I don't want to see every day, but like to browse through occasionally.  I only found out Saturday morning that the first round of trades, where each person brings in their base quilt, was due on Monday - tomorrow!    I didn't have much of an idea, but as I was obsessively re-folding  brown fabrics yesterday the idea suddenly came to me that I should do a "tree of life" quilt.  

From there it was just a matter of creating a base - and putting together a little journal of ideas and inspirations.  I am not sure if others were taking the base/theme step this far -it seems like they were just making a piece of fabric, but the instructions did say that you could choose a theme.  So- whatever!  Here's my base piece:
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(The lighting is so much different with the incandescent bulbs on!)

I found several great examples of Tree of Life quilts, from Ann Fahl, Susan Shie, Jane Sassemann and Judy Coates Perez - so I'm in good company.  It will be interesting.


  1. Very nice! This reminds me of my little Earth Day quilt.

  2. Karen, I'd love to see it, is it on your website?

  3. Hi Sharon,

    Sorry I have to answer your question this way, but your e-mail address is missing from your Blogger Profile.

    I have been working on my Dear Jane since October 2008 and my goal is to piece one block a week. So, that makes it a 4 year plan. It may seem like a long time, but the time sure is flying and it leaves me time for other projects.

    Lucky I came back to this post to answer your Dear Jane question or I never would have seen your question about my Earth Day quilt. The answer is yes, a picture is on my blog. I posted it April 20, 2009 and the post title is called, Earth Day. Or, just type Earth Day in the search box at the top of my blog and it will take you to the posting.

  4. Sharon, I love the lines of this tree. It will be a beautiful quilt. Good luck with your pending deadlines. I also work with fabric (in very small pieces) and exotic yarns. Drop by and see what I do with the scraps. ... fiber art by Kathy Bourgeois at