The positive response to this quilt, in comments here and on the 15 Minutes of Play blog post have been so supportive and flattering. Thank you for taking the time to send me your reaction and for seeing some of the fine points of what I was trying to accomplish.
I loved working in this making-it-up-as-I-go fashion and as I consider my next project, I'm torn between pulling out a finished top and quilting it on the Singer 301 to improve my skills on that machine or finding a project (likely a WIP) that will allow me more playtime like this.
I confess there was one comment that had me scratching my head a bit.
Hmm...the first Quilt Sampler magazine?I have probably blogged more about this project than any other and I would have thought it was pretty clear to anyone reading my posts that I was making up the design as I went along. When Laurina pointed out I had done something similar in the round robin quilt I made for her, I laughed, because she was SO RIGHT, I had added a similar sun, some (different words) and a checkerboard border. I think I liked what I did to her quilt so much that my mind just never let go of those ideas.
I had a feeling that since I didn't remember a "first" Quilt Sampler magazine, it probably pre-dated me, as a quilter ... and it turns out that was true.
I looked but wasn't able to find it online, but my friend Wendy found a copy on eBay and sent me the photo and this link to the 1995 issue. I don't know if this is the "first" issue, but I'm guessing that the cover quilt, with it's checkerboard border, a different kind of sun and some different appliquéd words is the quilt that the anonymous commenter thought of when she left the comment. I don't see any chickens or flowers on the cover quilt ... and well, I honestly don't see how anyone could think it inspired my quilt.
A couple last links for people who have asked. I found the tea towel I used on Amazon here:
Ivan Bartlett Reproduction Tea Towel
And for those that liked the hen blocks, I didn't use a pattern, but I recently discovered a nice tutorial by Vicki on her blog, Sew Inspired, for a very similar block here:
Chicken Quilt Block Tutorial
If you like the appliqué sunflowers and coneflowers, you can find them in the book, The Easy Art of Appliqué by Mimi Dietrich and Roxi Eppler.
I'm going to celebrate this quilt one more time and join the linky parties for Finish It Up Friday, Can I get a Whoop Whoop, Off the Wall Fridays, Pat Sloan's Show and Tell, and the Weekend Update on the Block Lotto.