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Honorable Mention

At Quiltfest 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. There were 430 quilts in the show. There were 13 categories and only 31 honorable mentions given.

I was there with my friend Carol (from Jacksonville) when the doors opened on the first day. We picked up the list of the winners on Carol’s guild table – I was casually skimming the list while Carol was chatting with a friend and lo and behold there was the title of my quilt – second from the bottom of the honorable mentions. I thought I’d faint – what a surprise!! The first quilt show I have ever attended and the first quilt I have ever entered in a show and the first applique quilt I have ever made – 3 firsts and I won a ribbon!!

The Angels are quilted!

Before I go any further – I want to let you know it was quilted by Jackie Kunkel at Canton Village Quilt Works. Thanks Jackie for a spectacular job.

See Jackie’s blog post today – she blogged about my quilt – how cool is that!

For comparison here is a picture of the original pattern cover. A few of the figures shown here were not like this in the actual pattern. The biggest difference was the angel with the trumpet on the left – the one in the pattern is half this size – I redrew the angel almost from scratch. Thank goodness I know how to draw. If you buy May Lou’s very cute pattern do NOT expect it to look like mine.


I am going to post 24 pictures I just took outside in natural light. I know that’s a LOT of photos but I wanted to let you see the incredible detail.

I taped the unbound quilt to the patio wall with wide packing tape and stood on a rickety folding chair to photograph the top part without too much distortion. I am just grateful I did not fall off and break my neck!

Click on the pictures for a closer look. For some unknown reason the colors look much brighter and more like the real thing when you enlarge the pictures.

I want you to notice the double lines on the purple frames. Can you imagine how many times she had to stop and skip over the appliquéd figure spilling over onto the frame. I don’t know a thing about longarm quilting – but that couldn’t have been easy to do. And the countless thread changes – what a job!

I just love the spirals Jackie used on all of the cheeks. Isn’t the hair great – they were just flat yellow patches and now it looks like hair.

Look at the detail on the cuff – and the lovely strokes on the wings echoing the swirly vines on the batik fabric.

The vertical lines on the striped dress is just the right amount of quilting don’t you think? I LOVE the little bows on the striped border – I would never have expected anything to be quilted in that 1″ space – what a wonderful bonus!

Notice the tiny tight squiggly quilting and the very close vertical lines on the background. Jackie filled in all of the black – using both methods. There is no quilting at all on the word ANGELS – so the letters are almost 3 dimensional.

This little spiky haired angel is my favorite in the row of  five small ones.

Isn’t the hair great – love those swirly curls. Nothing fancy on the wings – so as not to distract from the focus on the hair.

Here are those swirly curlies again – so cute.

Perfect quilting on the skirt!

Look at those closely spaced vertical lines – the letters just pop out

The vertical quilting up close – it is very effective and makes a nice contrast with the meandering squigglies

From the side – so you can see the dimensional effect the tight dense background quilting creates.

Finally – the wonderful border design – angels holding hearts – how perfect! The white fluff is from the batting – I’ll remove it with one of those sticky rollers when I sew on the binding.

I have decided, after much thought, to name it “Guardian Angels God Will Send Thee” from the very old Welsh tune “Ar Hyd Y Nos” or “All Through The Night.”

Sleep my child and peace attend thee,
All through the night
Guardian angels God will send thee,
All through the night
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping
Hill and vale in slumber sleeping,
I my loving vigil keeping
All through the night.

While the moon her watch is keeping
All through the night
While the weary world is sleeping
All through the night
O’er they spirit gently stealing
Visions of delight revealing
Breathes a pure and holy feeling
All through the night.

Love, to thee my thoughts are turning
All through the night
All for thee my heart is yearning,
All through the night.
Though sad fate our lives may sever
Parting will not last forever,
There’s a hope that leaves me never,
All through the night.

Hear it in Welsh here. And in English here. It is a beautiful tune to go with beautiful words.

Angel with trumpet

I have been printing out Mary Lou’s pattern at 70% (a 30% reduction.) Logically all of the angels should be proportional – all 30 % smaller than the original pattern.

Well… the big angel on the left with the trumpet turned out WAY too small. I printed the pattern out at 100%, 90%, 80% and combined bits and pieces to try and get it right. I finally gave up, drew the frame (the same size as the space on the quilt) on a large piece of paper and set about designing the angel from scratch.

The only thing that is original is the trumpet (I made it longer,) the bow in her hair, and the wings (I modified the wings a tad to keep them more or less inside the frame.)

I have found several things on the pattern that didn’t match the pattern illustration on the website – but it didn’t matter to me because I know how to draw – and I didn’t mind changing the pattern. But if you aren’t comfortable with your drawing skills you may have a bit of a problem.

I’ve selected the fabrics and have started cutting out the freezer paper pattern. The end is in sight and I am very pleased – so far – with the results.

Not a great picture I know – but the pencil sketch was very light and I tried to make the lines darker in Photoshop – at least you can get an idea of what the new pattern will look like.

angel drawing

Progress on the angel quilt

I am using the ladder stitch that I learned from Ami Simm’s book Invisible Appliqué. I lent the book to someone and never got it back – but I remember the stitich. I find that it is easier to do than the more common tack stitch – especially with the freezer paper and glue stick appliqué method I use. See my hexagon quilt tutorial for more on this appliqué method.

Angel quilt background finished – hooray!

This was my weekend project. I couldn’t start appliquéing on the angels until I had the background done.

This is Mary Lou Weidman’s block of the month angel quilt. You can buy the pattern and see the finished quilt here.

Angel quilt

I have started another overwhelming project. The Mary Lou Weidman Angel Block of the Month quilt.

Actually, to be truthful, I started it about a year ago and it’s been in a box ever since. I did a lot of work recalculating the sizes because I am reducing the size by 30%. I ordered the black and the purple batik fabric for the background from eQuilter.com.

I did a lot of experimenting with different methods of appliqué, I tried machine zig-zag and buttonhole stitches. I decided to use my favorite freezer paper and glue stick appliqué method – stitching the pieces to the background by hand. It will take much longer but will look much better.

I know a lot of people use fusible web for applique – but I find that it makes the quilt too stiff and flat. The little bit of puffiness and tiny wrinkles in hand applique is more appealing.

I should prepare all of the pieces before I begin – but that is a huge job – so I will probably start with a few figures so I can get to the sewing.

I am not using the pattern the way it came – of course! I have Mary Lou’s book “Everyday Angels in Extraordinary Quilts” and I am using some of the angels in the book. There are some really cute cat and dog angels and others that I like better than the ones in the pattern. I have resized them on my scanner.

A few of the pieces I have finished – ready to appliqué. The fingers were quite a challenge!