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Title: Crooked House

Size: 20" x 24"

Made in: Hainesville, IL


I can't believe I made it to the end of the season! :)


"Crooked House" was inspired by this nursery rhyme:

"There was a crooked man

Who walked a crooked mile.

He found a crooked sixpence

Against a crooked stile.

He bought a crooked cat

That caught a crooked mouse,

And they all lived together

In a crooked little house."


I started thinking about the man, and how old he must be, and the long walk he had to take every day to get home. I pictured him the day he found the money & bought the cat, and the line that kept singing to me over and over was "They all lived together in a crooked little house." So I tried to create the house & the crooked lane it was set upon.


The quilting technique was inspired by Noriko Endo, a Japanese quilt artist who shreds her scraps to make the most amazing quilts. In some of the detail pictures, you'll see the scene made up of tiny shreds of fabric - there are 15 colors of green alone.


I quilted this on a frame - which is only the second time I've done that! It's stippled to hold the shreds (under a layer of bridal tulle). In some areas there are multiple layers of tulle to create shadows.


After it was quilted, I cut it into an irregular shape, and then bound it in a dark green.


This one was probably the most fun to make out of all my PQ quilts, and was certainly the messiest too! My studio is still recovering.

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Taken on August 20, 2010