20 May, 2016

Blue, Blue and Blue(bird)

The quilting is done, this quilt's been a long time in the making. I suppose the label should reflect the fact that this one was begun in 1997 and took nineteen years to complete! I've decided to name this one "Out of the Blue"; not because it is anything that came about suddenly, far from it! But, rather, because this already vintage quilt came out of a blue storage bin and into the light of day; and, ultimately, onto the longarm! The darker blue ombre backing fabric is just the same age as the top, purchased when I began the piecing; medium blue sashing and quilting thread help carry through with the theme.
"Out of the Blue" ~ 115" X 79.5" ~ Jessie's Swirls pantograph
Thanks to everyone who helped my decision making process for the sashing choice between The Quilt Block Bible blocks-- blue it is!
And lastly. the bluebird (not of happiness, at least for me) who has a wife and five eggs in the nesting box just outside the sewing room window has taken to attacking the omnipresent predator (his own reflection) in the windows of our house! This goes on constantly; the windows and sills are disgusting with droppings, we can hardly keep things cleaned up. Hopefully, when the babies fledge, this will be done and they will move on. I don't know how much more we (or Hannes!) can take. I certainly hope this weird character trait of the father isn't passed down to his babies.
Life is Good!

9 comments:

Paula, the quilter said...

Just think, you could end up like a gentleman here in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. A big horn sheep ram saw his reflection in a window and charged! Poor ram ended up on the man's pool table. He wasn't seriously hurt because he (the ram) left through the broken window.

Synthia said...

I've had that window-pecking problem with robins so I totally understand your frustration. I taped an old towel to the window and that took care of it. Hope that idea will give you some relief! :-) Your "old" blue quilt is lovely. Aren't you happy to have it completed???

Quiltdivajulie said...

Beautiful quilt finish. -- Out of the Blue is a terrific name that will invoke multiple memories :-)

Janet O. said...

Great name for that wonderful pinwheel quilt. The traditional blocks make the best quilts, IMHO. : )
I think your sashing choice is excellent on your Quilt Bible Blocks quilt. Even the blocks with blue in them have plenty of contrast.
Oh, how maddening about that bird. We have a solarium with tall windows on the south side of our house and birds often think they can fly through it, so we hear them hit occasionally. Sadly, they sometimes hit so hard because they are in full flight, we later find their bodies in the flowerbeds below the windows.

cityquilter grace said...

excellent choice mrs g! very soft blue allows all the blocks to be seen clearly....and recently jeopardy was at DAR hall filming episodes and somebody gave alex and lovely decorated cookie...was it you???

Vic in NH said...

Your Out Of The Blue pinwheels finish is a huge quilt. And beautiful! I love the quilting pattern and the whole effect of it, thanks for sharing it here.

Lindah said...

Lovely quilts! I like your sense of humor in the naming of 'Out of the Blue.' I can never think of names for my quilts, so they all remain anonymous. I understand your angst with the bluebird. Every couple of years we get a deranged robin attacking my quilt room sliders. Makes the porch unlivable for the duration. I've tried everything to discourage them, but they just move around the corner to the end windows. sigh I say 'them,' but could it be the same robin returning every year to do his jousting? sicko

Jeanne said...

Your pinwheel quilt is so pretty! It was well worth the wait! So happy you were able to choose a sashing for the other blocks! Happy anniversary, too!

Tanya said...

The Out of the Blue quilt is an heirloom. How I would like to make a quilt like this. I love the heavy quilting on it too.