Saturday, January 9, 2016

How to Deal with a Layer Cake...







Not the edible kind- I know what to do with those munch, munch). This layer cake is the kind that is made from 10" fabric squares in assorted prints from the same fabric line. The set I bought had these assorted blues, and I'm unable to recall the name of the fabric line. But the quilt pattern is one by CrazyOldLadies quilts titled "Liliana". I've named my version "Blue Hibiscus." The rick rack isn't really as wobbly as it looks in the photo, and the quilt also lies a little flatter than it appears. Someday my picture taking skills will improve, but meantime here we are. *sigh*




The pattern calls for a stack-slash-shuffle approach with the 10" squares, rejoining them into an overall random scrappy design. It was quite easy as there are few seams to align. Figuring out the best way to attach the rick rack was the challenge. I finally settled on free-motion stitching, following the zigs and zags. The fabrics produce a bit of a tropical feel I think.





I wish you could see "my" ring up close- it's a Superbowl ring (size- extra large)! It's just stunning. Husband Jack and I attended an open house at a horse facility nearby over the weekend, and happened to meet Fred Stokes, retired NFL player for the Washington Redskins. "Big Play Stokes" was part of the 1992 Superbowl XXVI team. He and his family now live near Orlando where he runs a food enterprise and travels as a motivational speaker. Fred's mission (as stated on his website and autobiography) is to "positively enhance the life of every person who comes across his path" with his "down to earth personality and his uncanny ability to connect with people". He fulfills it, and we really enjoyed meeting him and his wife Regina. To think we went to see the horses, and wound up sporting that ring. By the way, Fred notes there is a time limit measured in seconds for how long people get to wear the ring!

4 comments:

Robbie said...

Nice quilt! I like the rick/rac addition! I'm surprised the ring didn't fit on your wrist instead! Mr. Stokes looks like such a likeable kind of guy! And I like the cowboy hat!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is a fantastic quilt, and I understand your concern about your photography skills. I often scan my small quiltlets and they look very disjointed or wobbly on the scanner, even though they are less so when viewed in real life. This was a fascinating quilt, even though I would never be able to make anything so beautiful. Although you say it was easy, I somehow believe you must have far more skills than I when it comes to cutting and sewing.

What a great photo of you and Fred Stokes. He looks so happy and appears to have a very positive attitude, which is both unique and refreshing in this day and age. So glad you got to meet and be inspired by him.

Quilt Rat said...

Those flowers add wonderful sense of whimsy to your quilt....loos like a fun piece! As for the photography....it takes just the right light, steady hand and a lot of patience....we just know that the photos never do the work justice and take it from there

Createology said...

Your ring is quite the dazzler and so is your "bodyguard". Lovely quilt in my favorite blues. Sunday Serenity...