The Ohio History Connection is situated between the Ohio State Fairgrounds and a heavily trafficked section of interstate. This positioning has made the building a significant landmark in the city of Columbus.
The main building appears to rise up from the surrounding landscape and forms a wonderfully symmetrical building with a strong visual perspective.
I have been having fun selecting a few specialty fabrics for some of the buildings, and the banner on the history center was a perfect opportunity for some fussy cutting. The banner on the building has an image of a mastodon skeleton, but mastodon fabric is really hard to come by, so we took some artistic liberty and substituted some really cute dinosaur fabric instead. At least they are both (unfortunately) extinct!
This pattern is available from Dabble and Stitch in Columbus, Ohio. If you have already purchased the pattern, you can access the extra templates here. You will need the password included in the pattern instructions to access this page.
I will be doing a demonstration of a portion of this block at Dabble and Stitch tomorrow, Sunday, September 2 at 1pm!
The Ohio State Fair has been a tradition since 1850, and it continues to be a favorite summer destination for Ohio families to both learn and have fun. County and State Fairs have always honored the makers in their communities, which makes the inclusion of the fair in this quilt particularly appropriate. The fair runs for a week and a half from the end of July to through the beginning of August, so I knew that the fair block would be perfect for August.
The Ohio State Fair has taken place in the same location since 1886, and the buildings that comprise the fairgrounds have been constructed throughout the years since then. The architecture has evolved to meet the needs of each department, so the overall look of the fairgrounds is quite eclectic.
I chose to focus on the Poultry and Rabbit Pavilion for two main reasons:
- The architecture of the building is one of the most distinctive on the fairgrounds, and
- I raised chickens in 4-H, so I always spend an inordinate amount of time visiting the poultry barns at every fair I attend.
I have noticed that I am drawn to buildings with green trim, so this was right up my alley!
The occupants of the pavilion are usually quite interested in their visitors. This pullet (female chicken born in the same year) was particularly social.
The feather patterns on these birds are stunning!
Did you know that the color egg a chicken lays corresponds to the color of its earlobe, not the color of its feathers? I didn’t know this until I raised egg layers for the first time, and got a gorgeous brown egg from my snowy white flock of chickens!
I will refrain from showing you the dozens of other chicken photos I have taken this year, but I’m starting to think there may be a chicken quilt in my future! The pattern for this block, and the rest of the quilt, are available exclusively from Dabble and Stitch in Columbus, Ohio.
If you have already purchased the pattern, you can access the extra templates here. You will need the password included in the pattern instructions to access this page.
Today, January 31 is National Backwards Day! I decided to celebrate by taking a closer look at the back of some quilts and quilt tops.
The backs of quilt tops hardly ever get the glory that they deserve. Here are some hand appliquéd circles . . .
And some machine pieced circles . . .
I love when the quilting transfers the design of the quilt to the back of the project.
Sometimes the design isn’t completely transferred to the back of the quilt, but you can get a general idea of the quilt front.
Occasionally I do simple, light quilting . . .
But more often it’s heavy quilting that shows on the back of my quilts . . . (these two mini quilts are the same design)
Recently I even tried out using doubled batting, which really made the quilting design pop on the back of the quilt (as well as the front).
I frequently love the backs of quilts as much as the front!
This weekend I had the opportunity to teach my first improvisational piecing class at Dabble and Stitch in Columbus, Ohio. And it happened to be one of my all-time favorite improv inspirations- winter trees! Talk about being perfect for this time of year! In the sample piece I used a lot of bright colors.
I love using unexpected fabrics for the trees, especially irregular stripes or splotches. We spent the first part of class selecting fabrics, and the students made fabulous selections! Here are a couple student projects. I tend to get pretty wrapped up in the class itself and forget to take photos, but I can assure you that there was a lot of awesomeness going on!
For the tree fabric strips she selected a print of trees! Don’t you love how the print looks all cut up?
Here is a finished top. The tree fabric used in this one was a popular choice and looked terrific with a bunch of different backgrounds.
I really hope I have the chance to teach this class again! If you would like to see another example and read more about the process, please check out another improv trees mini quilt I did awhile ago.
It is (once again) hard to believe that we are heading into another quarter and that half of 2016 is behind us. The second quarter was filled with theatre work, and now that it is mostly tied up with a delightful bow I will be focussing more on my quilting life. I have just scheduled several class with a local shop, so I hope to see some of my central Ohio readers there! (I will be posting more on this in the next few days)
The 2016 Finish Along is being hosted by several people around the globe.
This quarter’s list looks way too much like last quarter’s so feel free to skim. I managed to meet my major deadlines for the second quarter, but I don’t consider a project completely finished unless it’s blogged, so I’m breaking down my finish goals by what I need to accomplish.
Needs to be blogged about:
1. This Way or That Mini Quilt
2. This Way or That Baby Quilt
3. Wool “Needle Minding” Mini
4. Lemondrops and Gumdrops Mini Quilt
5. Blue Wholecloth Mini Quilt
6. Radiating Mini Quilt
7. “Secret” Mini Quilt
Waiting for Quilting:
8. Happy New Year Star Quilt
9. Grey Diamond Quilt
10. Sand Dollar Star Mini or Pillow
11. Peppermint Forest Mini Quilt
12. Broken Circle Mini Quilt
13. Cotton Felting Mini
14. Apple Core Mini
15. Swap Pillow Cover
Assembly in Process:
16. Mystery Quilt
17. Waves Pillow
18. Green Baby Quilt
19. Coral Baby Quilt
20. Medallion Mini Quilt
21. Sashiko Pillow
22. Circle Applique Quilt
23. Plus Quilt
I never number these projects until I have listed them all, so let me assure you that I am as stunned as anyone by this number!