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My quilting friends are sort of equally split on this one.  The theme for the Quilt Show was chosen last fall, "Quilts in the Garden", or maybe its "Quilting in the Garden" - anyway it is something to do with "garden".  So I made this quilt to illustrate the theme and use up some gradated Fossil Fern fabric I had hanging around.  It just sort of evolved as I went along.  I named it "Fried Egg Flowers and Funky Butterflies," since I couldn't think of anything clever.  The pattern on which it is loosely based is called "La Vie En Rose", which seems a little pretentious for what is basically a folk-art pattern.  I added the butterflies on a whim.  Again, Nicole quilted it for me, and I do like the free-hand quilting along the outside border.

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Comment by Colleen Taylor on March 31, 2013 at 5:27am

I thinks it's wonderful!  And I love the name you gave it too...very creative!

Comment by Barbara Downs on March 30, 2013 at 7:02pm

What a cute, whimsy quilt!  I would find someplace to hang it, even if I had to change color schemes!

I think the title is really innovative and fits it to a T!

Comment by Becky Wilson on March 30, 2013 at 5:54am

I love your work and your machine quilt is great.


Comment by Susan B on March 29, 2013 at 7:02am

This is delightful!!!

Comment by Terry F on March 28, 2013 at 7:48pm

So pretty, and the quilting is fantastic!

Comment by Gayle/La. on March 28, 2013 at 11:42am
Carol Ann I love it! You show it and hang it and as you said you are all friends and it is your wall that is cold, not theirs. LOL
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 28, 2013 at 10:45am

Colorado & Barbara:  Loved your comments. Thank you!  My quilting friends are a little like any group today; there are the fundamentalists and the wild-eyed radicals with respect to quilting persuasions.  The ones who have reservations about this quilt have stashes still filled with muted Thimbleberries and Kansas Troubles fabrics and do traditionally pieced quilts, bed sized only, maybe a little applique.  One told me her walls and her tables were not "cold," so therefore she doesn't do table runners and wall hangings!  Some just don't like the bright colors.  "I would never hang that in my house--It doesn't go with anything I have!".  I still love them all and we have great times together!  We are honest in critiquing each other's work, but not brutally so.  I think (probably egotistically) that my strengths are fabric and color selection.  They must think so too, because they will often ask me, "Does this go?"  We just have different styles.  This was meant to be a fun quilt, and I will rotate it in the group I hang, one at a time, on the large wall beside my entry.

Comment by Barbara Graham on March 28, 2013 at 9:52am

Love it! I especially love the gradations in the background--very effective. What's wrong with your friends?

Comment by Donna Sykes on March 28, 2013 at 9:20am

Love it! As stated by others, very whimsical. Nice job.

Comment by Pam/NY on March 28, 2013 at 6:05am

Fits the theme...I love it!

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