Saturday, January 14, 2012

mom's orca bay

When I saw the announcement for Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay Mystery Quilt, I pointed my (no-blog) mom in her direction. 

My mom is very much a scrap quilter and hates to see any piece of fabric go to waste and that just seemed right up Bonnie's alley.  Add in that she loves a challenge and, being retired, has the time to take one on and I think it was a perfect fit!

She kept up with the clues - sewing like a madwoman at times I'm sure.  (It seemed every time I called to chat she was busy sewing away!)

I think she really wanted to post progress pictures as she went along, but not having a blog made that difficult and I live too far away to drop by every week just for blog photos.

So...you get to see the final product! 
(Well, the top at least!)

Orca Bay With A Twist of Lime

Pretty impressive, right?  And she did all this in 6 weeks!

(Makes me want to be retired right now so I can keep up with her!)

And I should have taken a picture, but my mom was wearing funky striped socks that absolutely matched this quilt today. 

So you've probably guessed, but I went to quilt with my mom today.  My sister-in-law also joined us and we all made good progress on projects, but I'll save that for another post (soon!).

This quilt is fun to look at.  My sister-in-law, myself and a few of my mom's quilting friends contributed scraps to this quilt to stretch the amazing stash she already had.  We all get to claim little bits of the quilt, even though we didn't sew our own.

And those of you who comment on my ability to get a lot done in a little time...now do you see where I get that from?  My mom is an even more driven quilter than I am.  (Of course, being retired she theoretically has more time than I do!)

Happy quilting!
Katie

29 comments:

Beth said...

Katie, your Mom's Orca is amazing! It is so beautiful. Tell her she is awesome.
glad you all had a sew day. I know you always enjoy those days. I am glad you are both driven.hehe. Makes your blog fun to read and your quilts fun to see.

Cathy said...

It looks absolutely wonderful!! I envy your Mom's retired state. Oh to be able to retire and quilt my days away.......

Marsha said...

Your Mom's quilt is amazing! I love the colors, it is prettier than the one Bonnie made. I always think about Bonnie's mystery challenges, but I don't think I have near enough scraps to make one of her quilts. She does some beautiful quilts. Being retired really doesn't give you more time. Now that I am retired I don't know how I got anything done before! I still have more to work on than enough time in the day! ! !

---"Love" said...

What a beautiful, exciting quilt! What a challenge it must have been, but she did it! I'm retired too, and actually consider myself somewhat a driven person, but lately life and other things have gotten in the way of my quilting! I really don't know how I had time to work, what with all I have to do now! Hopefully that will change soon, and I can get back to quilting! Do brag on your mom's work a lot to her! ---"Love"

bcquilter said...

Katie, it looks awesome! Did you send a photo to Bonnie... she was posting them on her website I think.

-Alice

Debbie said...

I love your mom's Orca Bay...the colors are just stunning!

Liriopia said...

Wow, that quilt is awesome. You should share more of your Mom's work, Katie.

Liri

canuckquilter said...

Your mom's Orca Bay is the prettiest one I've seen so far. Her color choices make this quilt! It's just beautiful! So many pieces...

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Your Mom needs a blog!! ;))

Barb said...

I agree with the left handed Quilter, your mom needs a blog, love the quilt!

PeggyinNO said...

What a great color scheme!! Love the pop of lime. This is the prettiest Orca Bay I've seen yet (and I have seen quite a few!) Kuddo's to your mom!!!

seventhsister26 said...

I love the color combo in this one...she did a fantastic job;)
Happy Quilting!!

madakamom said...

I love your color combination!

Candace said...

Wonderful. I love the color choices and the name.

Ginny said...

Gorgeous! Your Mom's got tallent. Do you ever quilt together? What fun.

Julie Kaye from KS said...

What a great version of this quilt. Lovely color choices.

Linda said...

Love Love Love the purple & green!! Please tell your mom she has a beauty!

Lee D said...

Fantastic. Love the colour combo! Well done Mom...next step showing her how to post. :)

Kathy Biggs said...

Katie, I love your mom's Orca Bay Quilt colors! It's beautiful.

Suzy said...

Adore the color scheme! Congratulations! :o)

Andee said...

Love it!

grannyanne said...

Please tell your mom that she did an awesome job on Orca Bay. It is a complex pattern and her color balance is great!

Denise said...

Your mother is wonderful, like her quilt!!

Leeann said...

Love the lime green!

debbie m said...

Thanks for linking to Bonnie's blog. Tell your mom I Love her quilt. :o)

Sue Daurio said...

that twist of lime is awesome!!! You're mom did a great job.

Jennifer said...

Fantastic colors! Thanks fr sharing your mom's quilt.

pcflamingo said...

YUM! Purple and lime green are great together - nicely done!

Kathy's A Quilter said...

Congratulations to Mom...her quilt is amazing. I am 53 months until I am in that same state of "retired, but never too tired" to quilt.