Sunday, April 23, 2006

Happy Birthday Shakespeare!



















































Since today is Shakespeare's birthday, I thought it fitting to show the 2 Shakespeare in the Park quilts I've made... This is a Judy Martin design - I got my directions out of the Jan/Feb 2001 Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, but I know it is also in one of her books, but I just don't know which one! The finished quilt is 76.5" X 93.5".

The first one I made was the blue one - I wish I had a better photo, but this will have to do for now. It is very scrappy with almost every single piece of fabric within each block different. The quilt was so easy to make and went together so nicely, I made another one - purple the second time around, still scrappy, but not as scrappy as the blue one. I am not sure the scrappiness shows on the close-up - the whites are all different whites/white-on-whites so it is subtle.

And how do you keep a zillion pieces organized? Zip lock baggies - clearly labeled with a Sharpie pen. See...



I've seen some other very lovely Shakespeare's on other blogs in different colors. It has gotten me to thinking about another Shakespeare... maybe reds and yellows?

17 comments:

dot said...

These quilts are lovely.

Leah S said...

Oh my! I can't believe how many purples we both have. Great quilts though... tempts me to buy the book. :)

Patty said...

What beautiful quilts. I just love the color

Norma said...

Wow! When the pictures came up, my jaw dropped. You have inspired me to try this beautiful pattern, Shakespere in the Park. Thak you for showing us two different color-ways.

ForestJane said...

I think they're both beautiful! Do you know how they got their name?

The Calico Cat said...

I have one - it is a PIG, two fabrics, one is a commercially purchased print that looks like a hand dye with a lot of colors, the other is a light.... (I "NEVER" to 2 fabric quilts...)

cher said...

great quilts Evelyn! guess I forgot this is another on my 25 to make quilts :-)

Judy said...

I just found your blog by way of Inga at Quilting Above the Artic Circle. Great quilts. I have started wandering through your archive and you make lovely quilts...really nice. It's so fun to discover new blogs.

Hanne said...

Lovely Shakespeare quilts - in fact the best I have seen :-) I have the block on a CD-rom and it is (also) on my to-do list. I hope I can have more hours to a day soon. I have applied several times ;-)

Passionate Quilter said...

WOW! I love them! I'm not a purple person (don't get me wrong, I don't dislike purple,just don't use it very much) but I love both of the quilts! man, I wish I hadn't seen these--wants me to make my own!

Dawn said...

Oh they are gorgeous! I hope ours for our raffle quilt turns out half as lovely as yours!

By the way - I've tagged you on my blog! Time to share Evelyn!!!!! Let's see your quirks!

Brit said...

ziplock bags is exactly what I use when I do snails trails! I love this pattern, beautiful choice of colores! I went to joanns and got a hat pattern I'm not sure if its the same one you use..but its great! thanks for the idea!

Linda_J said...

Evelyn, it is in Judy's Creative Pattern Book

If you go to
Viewer's Photo Gallery, she has the photos separated out by the book they are shown in.

If I had a top 25 list, this one would be on it. It such a striking quilt and you have done a beautiful job on both of the ones you had done.

Carolyn said...

I pulled out my copy of the QNM this was in and I actually had it tagged to make it...before the magazine got buried! Yours are much prettier than the one in the mag...thanks for sharing!

Carolyn

Samantha said...

you are SO well organized-as I know I've said before, and those quilts are amazing!!

Lizzy said...

I love your S in the park. Never thought of doing 2 tone quilts scrappy like yours.

Sandra said...

Oh my goodness - you made TWO of these? They are both stunning!