I made this quilt exclusively for the art quilt exhibit at the Bohemian Gallery in the Crossroads section of Kansas City, MO along with other quilts I made. Four other friends also had quilts at the exhibit-Klonda Holt, Jane Kennedy, Cathy Wight and JoAnn Farley. The fabrics are satins, silks, velvets etc. The cheeks and hat ball are the ravel fibers I cut off fabrics after it is washed and dryed. It has been beaded, which took approximately 30 hours. I stayed up long hours trying to finish this little guy. I also made 4 new quilts for the exhibit. The light photo is it hanging at the gallery. It was on display from November 28 to December 22, 2006. This quilt won 1st place at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, MO, Aug. 2007
I drew the pattern and cut in half and gave Cathy ½ to make, we both chose our fabrics using some of the same. This whole project made Cathy very nervous, she couldn’t grasp the concept of me putting them together with a border making 2 halves a whole. Cathy’s half is on the left and mine on the right, with the brown toad. Cathy loved the toad and I agreed to put them in our quilt. I designed the border and put the border on each quilt then added a muslin strip of 3” later to be removed and also a small piece of border that I would later attach the two pieces together at the top. Cathy quilted the quilt then I cut the two quilts apart, we bound the quilts then I attached the two together with the small border pieces. We entered the quilt at the 2010 MQS quilt show- “South of the Border” competition, it did not win. I then entered the quilt in the 2010 Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, MO. The quilt won 1st place plus Best of Show in its division. The back fabric was order from Hancock’s Of Paducah. Most of the fabrics on the front came from Quilters Station of Lee’s Summit, MO.
I started this for my Nimble Thimbles guild challenge-“Black & White plus one”. I did not get it finished in time so I used the background cut out from behind the ladies dress to finish it for the challenge. I planned on calling this quilt “The Duchess”, however I was at a Nimble Thimbles sew day when I received the call my Mother died of a heart attack, so hence the change in the name. My Mother Lela Bell (Cox) Hall lived in Pahrump, NV at the time of her death. I entered this quilt in the Machine Quilters Showcase, Overland Park, KS, May 11-14-2011. It did not win, but the judge said she loved the design. I entered this quilt in the MO State Fair, Sedalia, MO, Aug. 2011, it won 1st place plus 2nd place “Best of Show”. It was also displayed at the Lee’s Summit Guild Quilt show, Nov. 3-5, 2011. It was also accepted in the American Quilter Society show in Paducah, KY, April 2012.
Fabrics used are satin, silk, velvet, etc. beading was applied by hand using the following techniques-string bead and couching, chain stitch, back stitch & single stitch. Antique jet carved buttons were applied to clothing, mouth and nose are hand embroidery stem stitch. The leprechaun has black beads for eyes. Collar stands out from quilt and hat extends beyond quilt. The beading on this quilt approximately 15 ½ hours. This quilt won 1st Place at the Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, MO, Aug. 2008.