Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Many Hands Make Light Work…



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This pieced quilt saw a lot of hands involved in its creation. Quilter Debra Johnston started the blocks, I completed a few of them along with the help of another friend at a quilt retreat. Then I assembled the top which will become a donation quilt. Our guild has an active program through which quilts of all sizes are given to local hospitals and agencies. This top will now go back to Debra for quilting, and back to me for binding before it travels on to its new home. I really enjoy collaborative efforts like this one where I can contribute a part of the whole. It seems to be a true reflection of the “community” that quilting has always fostered.

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I have a couple more quilts in the works, and my family and I traveled to Cedar Key, FL, to pick them up from the long-arm quilter. She did a great job and I look forward to sharing them with you here as soon as they’re bound. Meanwhile I’ll share some photos of the quaint fishing and arts community of Cedar Key. The colorful mural above is painted on the side of a building. It’s a perfect representation of this Gulf-side, island community which is known for its sunsets and pelicans. The little shack depicted in the painting still has remnants standing on stilts in the water. Each time we visit it seems to have deteriorated a little more, but still stands. Below is the artist co-op that offers the work of some very talented jewelry makers, painters, wood workers, textile artists, and more. I was very drawn to the exterior display of the prayer flags in a wide array of fabrics and colors. Very eye-catching, and right up my alley given the prayer flags I’ve made (shown here and here).


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After a visit to The Salty Needle quilt shop and lunch at Tony’s, home of the famous Cedar Key Clam Chowder (award winning!), we stopped by the local park. They have a non-traditional tree that looks very appealing with its Christmas ornaments and clusters. After biking around town, we called it a day and returned home.

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We enjoyed a really relaxing yet productive day! Now to get on with binding those quilts.

9 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a fun day you shared with us. I've never made, now will I ever make, a traditional quilt. I sew, I tear, I couldn't make a straight line if my life depended on it. You and your friends did a beautiful job on the quilt, though.

I enjoyed the mural a LOT. It was fun. I also like YOUR prayer flags even more than the ones at Cedar Key. That tail on that bird was ingenious. What an add-on.

That really was a unique tree, and for it to be so public amazed me. That would never last in Wichita. Someone would come along and steal the ornaments or deface it in some way. Sad, but true!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Was about to leave when I saw I had written "now will I ever make," which should have read "NOR," not "NOW." Hope it makes more sense now.

Susan said...

We are loving living in NC, but your photos and comments make me miss Florida. I'm anxious to see what you created after your trip. Your artwork always inspires me.

Robbie said...

First, I love Cedar Key!!! So quaint...just a cool place to visit...and the food "ain't all that bad either!"
The collaborative effort on the quilt is wonderful!!! You all did a great job! And for such a great cause!!! Very nice, Nancy!!!

Createology said...

This is a lovely quilt and sew many shared memories in creating it. A lovely day of fun and accomplishments and good food. Blessings and Bliss...

Lenna Young Andrews said...

I LOVE YOUR COLLABORATIVE QUILT, NANCY. tHE COLORS ARE SO WARM. AND CEDAR KEY! yOU KNOW I LOVE THAT PLACE : ) )

Nancy said...

I think it's wonderful that you are a part of a group that comes together to share their talent of quilt making in order to help others. It's always good to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Such projects have always been a blessing to me....I too love Cedar Key but haven't been in a long time.....

The Inside Stori said...

What a great group effort!!! AND....Cedar Key!?! Your photos make me want to visit!

Wendy Green said...

Great project, I love that you collaborate with other quilters to make such a beautiful piece of art!