What I've been working on

I finished my sister's birthday quilt, but didn't get a pic. She said she loved it! My mother's Oodle of Doodles quilt? Done and definitely not appreciated. (no pic) I guess if you are a nurse turning sixty, the gift of a lap quilt is translated into a lap robe--which means you are getting ready for the nursing home. Sigh....

A quilted pillow for a friend of mine with a recent loss of her husband. Done but not mailed. I love this one. I told my hubby that this one makes me want to acknowledge maybe I have a gift or talent for this or something.

Another pillow top or wall hanging (below)I'm working on. Just a few more details in black then I'll fill in the background with white quilting. Forgive the stray black threads.

I love doing these! It's mostly about the quilting. Fun! Both were done with nearly no marking, just a few stem lines to keep things smooth. I did mark the word 'peace' and the outline of the heart on the cream pillow. I like the freedom of making it up as I go.

I also did a few quick little wall hangings for Valentine's, but again, no pics. Just some pink hearts appliqued on white and then a loopy heart meander around.

Quilt Scandal

The Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival was held out near Virginia Beach and I had planned to combine it with a trip to the beach and aquarium, but the plans fell through.

Imagine my surprise to see a news story about scandal at the show! Apparently on of the Art quilts depicted a somewhat abstract naked pregnant woman who was sitting cross-legged with her girly parts showing (that's the term we use here in this house of preschoolers). Bet that's the first time a censor bubble was used on a quilt on TV.

Here's a link to a story on the quilt. (With the censor bubble) The comments on the story are pretty interesting. Since I might have taken my kids to the show, I have an opinion I'll share here. It's supposedly art and I wouldn't call it pornographic, though it's not to my taste and I don't think the girly parts add anything to the artist's 'message' about homelessness, nor are they necessary. It certainly got the quilt more...umm... exposure! I would have hoped that a quilt that might be considered too graphic might have been hung with a pedestal or something to keep the parts out of the direct line of sight, giving a moment to take in the quilt before your eyes are smacked with a va...girly part. Not an outright cover up, just a way to be warned and a moment to turn away if it is something one would be offended by---especially a moment to guide one's children out of sight. Who would think a quilt show would expose kids to something too adult?

Then again, I'd like a warning before girls in hip hugger pants bend over.