This is a story of many hands.
In May of 2015 I had a show at the Bitters Co barn in Mt.Vernon, WA. I wrote here about the barn sized quilt that I made for it: Mr. Big.
Here is a picture of Mr. Big in his new home, where he can stretch his legs over two stories.
This year I wanted to make another big quilt, so Oh Mama was born.
Oh Mama is made of cotton quilting fabric that I designed over the years for In The Beginning Fabrics. I designed the quilt and cut out the pieces at home. Then I went to Coyote Central and laid it out on the floor. I came home and sewed it together, and then sewed many pieces together for the back. It was too big to spread out in the house so I spread it out on the street.
Now to sew the front and back together! I put out a request for help, and the following kind and wonderful women stepped up: Betz Bernhard, Margaret Bovingdon, Nancy Harriss, Eileen Hynes, Karen Kosoglad, Christina Reed, Liza von Rosenstiel, Marybeth Satterlee, Joanne Segura, and Lana Sundberg. Nancy took pictures as we worked (at Coyote Central).
In just a few hours we had tacked it together. I did not include quilt batting because I wanted it to be able to withstand some weather.
I took the quilt up to the Bitters Co. barn where it was welcomed by the fabulous Carson sisters, Katie and Amy.
Installation involved long poles.
Oh Mama likes to look out at the fields of Mt. Vernon, her new home.
Oh Mama was part of a show that I had at the Bitters Co.barn this year. I did the work for the show (paintings, drawings, quilts and paper dolls) over the last year and a half. Just before the show I broke my wrist and elbow. The show was still able to go up thanks to Katie and Amy and to my good friends Margaret Chodos-Irvine and Julan Chu.
I think Oh Mama is saying OH my friends are wonderful.
Read on if you would like to e-visit the show at the barn.
The pictures start with the set up and end with the work in place.
Thanks for visiting.