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Monday, June 04, 2012

The 12 Hour Chicken Marathon!

We sewed and we sewed ----or, Lisa sewed, and I helped occasionally, and mostly I chained myself to the computer to print out invoices and sheets of mailing labels!

But having her here made it all so much better than if I was doing all that paperwork by myself!

I want all these invoices and labels raring and ready to go when books arrive, and don’t want to take time THEN to do all the printing – because it does take time and I want the books on their way to their new owners as quickly as is humanly possible.

The chicken quilt is MASSIVE! We measured and it was 106” X 110”. It’s for someone in California who simply asked for a “King Sized Chicken Quilt” as if they were asking for a simply normal piece of everyday, ordinary chocolate cake!

I’m sure Lisa swallowed hard upon the request, but they’d never know. She’s just very professional that way --- while ME on the other hand, have nicknamed this quilt CHICKENZILLA because it is Ginormous! But adorable. How could you not smile at these guys?

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For those asking --- Lisa replied back in the comments section of yesterday’s post --- this is a Buggy Barn pattern, and can be found on their website. I think it is adorable! I can’t decide if I like the comb-crowns or the tails the best…they are just too cute! And life-size. These people are going to be dreaming of killer chickens in the night… :cD

The quilting was done by 4:30pm and we had plenty of energy and daylight to spare, so I rounded up a red plaid in the stash, cranked it through the accuquilt studio into binding strips, and while Lisa commenced sewing the binding on --- I went back to the computer and yes --- printed MORE invoices and MORE mailing labels…thinking all the while I’d rather be sewing too, but we had an add-on to the agenda---

If she could get the binding on – we could order pizza delivered and have a Sunday evening Binding Fest! She could bind the Godzilla Chickens, and I could finish up the binding on Florabunda --- win, win, win, right? I could get some needle time in, myself!

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Shelby, helping to keep the chickens from flying away while Lisa binds ---

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Of course, Shelby is no respecter of persons ((or chickens!)) as long as a cozy quilt is involved, and she came and helped me out quite a bit too!

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This morning, I’m pleased to say – it’s done….well, except for the label and hanging sleeve, but I couldn’t wait to get that “FINISHED” photo!

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The panto I used is called “Harvest Winds” by Urban Elementz. I scaled it fairly small because I wanted the quilting to fill each square in the quilt. I’m more happy with this quilt than I really thought I would be when I started it. I have that confession to make!

I knew what I wanted, I wasn’t sure what I was doing was going to pull off the job though – and I’m happy to say it did, even though I know many of you would not have chosen to go the route I did with the varying solid yellows. Sometimes you gotta be brave even when others are stating plainly that they don’t like it, aren’t crazy about it, or wouldn’t do it that way. Follow your OWN muse!

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LOVE it on the guest bed upstairs!

So what’s up for your Monday? It’s a brand new week! I see more kitting up of future quilt projects in my future, for stitching on the road ---which doesn’t leave anything really interesting to post about. I’ve got ONE WEEK left until I head to Ohio. And then the travel adventures will begin again, but I gotta tell ya, it’s been so nice to live life on the “normal scale” the past couple of weeks!

40 comments:

Katherine Ringo said...

Oh my gosh that chicken quilt is amazing!

QuiltGirl said...

Both quilts are just stunning....I happen to love the yellow.

piggy1004 said...

Love both of them. Florabunda is on my bucket list.

piggy1004 said...

Love both of them. Florabunda is on my bucket list.

Carolyn Sullivan said...

both those quilts are beautiful, I did have my doubts about the Chicken quilt, just the name put me off... but it is a beauty! what's on my agenda, I'm hoping to get some piecing on at least 1 of the 3 quilts I'm overwhelmed in, recut some of hte squares for the "Jared Takes a Wife" workshop next week, (color change) and since the weather is wonderful I need to weed the front garden beds, and get them mulched. But first I have a work out appt in 1 hr YIKES! I need to get a move on!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Yay for a bound Floribunda! It DOES look stunning on the guest bed! See what happens when you follow your heart - utter perfection is acheived!And that chicken quilt - wow! They are so cute - I love the Buggy Barn patterns, but that is A LOT of chickens!

Anonymous said...

Love the yellow, it fills the room with sunshine! The chickens made me chuckle - I want them! But I have too many UFOs of my own to get done first.

Andrea
iquilt@telus.net

Two Girls and a Garden said...

I am a chicken freak, although I love my geese as well. That quilt is awesome! Congrats to both of you for being so productive! am sure that you both feel great about it all! Plus that quilt makes your quest room look so comfy!

Saska said...

Love Buggy Barn patterns..and the chickens are adorable. Your florabunda also looks great.

Jo said...

I gotta admit Bonnie...When Floribunda started, I didn't know if something nice could be made with florals but you have now convinced me, florals aren't all bad either :)

Sharon B said...

So cute! Not a chicken person but my grandma was - she would have loved this

Wrena Hufford said...

Both quilts are fabulous. Do you put a sleeve on every quilt? I am kitted up and ready to sew with you next week. I can hardly wait.

Judy said...

I love how the light blocks in Floribunda dance on the quilt like sunbeams. You are one smart CHICKEN!! LOVE the chicken quilt too!!!

Kathaleeny said...

Really pretty. The chicken quilt fooled me. Never in a million years would I want a chicken quilt. But if I did, this would be the one.

Vic in NH said...

It amazes me how pink/rose and yellow the Florabunda looks in the guest room, but how purple/lavender the very same quilt looks out on the deck! Great job, Bonnie!

Julie said...

I am glad you stuck with the varying yellows and didn't listen to the critics. You inspire me to put those critics out of my mind too. It looks great.

Teresa in Music City said...

It is absolutely gorgeous Bonnie!!! It SO makes me wish I had been able to keep up and get mine going. It never got off the ground unfortunately, but I have it on the bucket list, so one day I'll start it =^..^= Congrats on the finish!!!

dorothy said...

I LOVE your FLORABUNDA quilt! Congrats on getting it done and on the bed!

Sonia F said...

Where did you get the baptist fan pattern? I'd like one as a paper pantos. I'm halfway through my floribunda quilt. Thanks for all your great freebies. Sonia

regan said...

Love the chickens, and Florabunda is awesome! I can't wait to finish mine!

YankeeQuilter said...

Love how you floribunda came out! Looks like it has always been on that bed!

Debbie Lou said...

Bonnie, your quilt is so sunny and warm looking. A stunner! And that chicken quilt is a winner. Way to go, Lisa!

Anonymous said...

Both of the quilts are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Getting ready for the season end pot luck for our quilting group here at the house. Sure wish the rain would stop. Guess I'll pull the grill in to the garage for that! lol
Have a wonderful day.
Maryella

crafterrn1 said...

Bonnie I love the quilt! The solid yellows tame the scraps so well! I am still working on my Jared takes a wife pattern from Somers NY. I am assembling my blocks now. I do not want an unfinished project! As I will be doing classes in VT with you. Have a great Day! Luann

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Bonnie, Floribunda looks absolutely elegant on your guest bed. I'm making Christmas quilts for all my beds and I see that in my future (soon!!!!!) in scrappy Christmas fabrics. Lisa's chicken quilt is pretty darn cute, too.

Marsha said...

Bonnie,I absolutely love your Floribunda quilt. You continue to amaze me! I am still getting my yellows for mine but have 4 blocks finished. I like the chicken quilt too,they are very cute.

jeri said...

Chickenzilla indeed! Lovin' the floribunda too.

Leah said...

I don't know if I would have been brave enough to use such different shades of solid yellows, but I'm so glad that you WERE because it was a complete success. Another great lesson learned from Bonnie's road-less-traveled creativity. It's lovely, and looks gorgeous in the guest room. Also? Inspired border on Floribunda! Just the PERFECT finish for that quilt.

FML Crochet said...

I usually just lurk but just have to comment today. :) The Florabunda is STUNNING. I'm completely inspired to make one.

Lizzie P said...

Love your chicken quilt! I made a variation on it that I saw on a wall in New Hampshire and now have a very American quilt on a very English bed. Loved the pattern - had to make one like it, and could happily make another after seeing yours! Loved the stack and whack method - it throws all the basic rules of patchwork out of the window. Mine's on www.lizzieintheloft.blogspot.com on the 'past projects' tab if you want to take a look.

Vesuviusmama said...

I'm impressed with how quickly you two sew on your bindings! And lovely quilts, both of them.

4dreamsr said...

I love both quilts; chickens, yellow & all! I have a bed just like that one Bonnie. It freaked me out years ago when the movie Pet Cemetery (Stephen King)came out cause the child gone mad was hiding under one just like it at the end of the movie. Of course this was totally hilarious for my then teenage son! I wasn't very impressed with his humor tho.

Loris said...

Both turned out gorgeous! Baptist Fans was a great choice for the chickens and I love the Harvest Winds pattern. Your Florabunda looks beautiful!

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Whatever anybody might have said, Floribunda looks great on the bed....actually that antique bed itself looks great. I got an antique iron & brass one a few years back....had it shipped from Canada... and just love it.

Shar said...

It's a beautiful quilt! I think the yellow and purple look good together.

Shar said...

It's a beautiful quilt! I think the yellow and purple look good together.

sandra said...

I love florabunda. Flowers in Sunshine. And the chickens (or chooks as we say in Oz)

JaneB said...

That quilt is so beautiful. I would not have thought that it would turn out that way from the beginning, but it is a delight. Good for you for sticking with your inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Love Florabunda! I've been cutting the florals for mine out of leftovers but will be using only one yellow as I don't have alot of plain yellows in my scraps. I would rather use more yellows but I'm trying to stay on a buying freeze so using what I have.
Thanks for the great patterns you bless us with.

paulette said...

Your quilt looks magnificent and VERY inviting...you may not be able to get rid of your guests!! You may want to rethink putting this quilt on your bed...just sayin'...
Take care!
Paulette