Sunday, August 23, 2009

My Folk Art Farm

I am so excited and thrilled that my quilt, "Willoway - A Folk Art Farm" is in the current issue of Fons & Porter's magazine - For The love of Quilting. It is in a feature titled Art of Quilting - American Farms. The quilt was inspired by the stone houses doting the landscape near where I live in Pennsylvania.

After stitching the landscape, I added the houses and then the pond. All of the applique up to this point was done by turning under the edges and topstitching it down. The rest of the applique is fused, raw edge. The weeping willow tree branches and leaves were done with hand embroidery. The leaves on the other trees are 3-dimensional and attached by machine stitching down the middle of the leaf. The cows' tails were done with hand embroidery as were the sunflowers and the vegetable garden. The 2 black dogs were our family pets that are no longer with us. The top and bottom borders are machine pieced. The entire quilt was machine quilted.

"Willoway" and another quilt of my mine - "A Shrine For Planet Earth" will be at the PA Mancuso Show, Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, which starts Sept 17th. They have moved from Harrisburg to a new location, closer to Philly. Yippeeee. I will be there on Thursday, white gloving for my quilt guild and then seeing the show and shopping (of course). I'd love to meet you if you're planning on attending.

I have a pattern for a primitive sampler along the lines of "Willoway"that I designed while I was teaching in our local quilt shop. I am working on trying to figure out how to offer it as a free down loadable pattern on this blog. Check back in a few days and hopefully it will be here.


  1. Congratulations, it is fabulous. The hand stitching and quilting makes it a wonderful piece of work. Love it.

  2. Your quilt reminds me of Grandma Moses paintings. Charming! Very amazing for the child in the photo.

  3. It's a terrific quilt! I was also thinking Grandma Moses.

  4. This is lovely, congratulations on the publication. Have fun at PNQE!

  5. Lovely quilt, Cheryl! Reminds me of travels through Pennsylvania many years ago. Congrats on the Fons and Porter publication and that your quilt will be off to the quilt extravaganza where I know folks will love it!! :-)

  6. Thank you all for your nice comments. I wasn't going to submit it to the Mancuso PA National Quilt Extravaganza Show, but when I saw the theme - "There's No Place Like Home", I couldn't resist.


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