29 November 2011

Reindeer Portrait

Reindeer Portrait

Here is an oldie that was finished in 1989! It is machine pieced, hand appliqued, and machine quilted; 100% cotton; size is 30 x 36.

The tan/brown for the reindeer was gradation dyed. The original color is on Rudolf. The inner ears and the eyes are painted. The eyes were then stitched on with just a bit more stuffing to make them stand out with each reindeer having a different expression. All the noses were also stuffed a bit fuller. Echo quilting defines each reindeer while a continuous-line quilted holly leaf edges the border. Each reindeer's name is quilted just on the inside edge of the green border.

This quilted wallhanging was entered into Creative Quilting Magazine's Winter/Holiday Quilt Contest December 1990 and was one of 25 semifinalists in America. It went to the Houston Quilt Show in a special exhibit in October 1990 and at Christmas was displayed in a book store on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Every year, this little quilt gets hung up on my wall as part of my Christmas decorations.

I am entering this quilt in the 2011 Christmas Quilt Show. Please visit SewCalGal to view more quilts.

54 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

What an illustrious history these reindeer have had; I love it, Paula!

I am going to post an "oldie" on Thursday, a Christmas wallhanging from the 90's without all the finer construction points that yours contains. But, you know, my old quilts still mean something to me, they tell my story and document my journey.

Enjoy your wallhanging, it has stood the test of time and wears it proudly!

Sandy said...

So cute!

Nancy said...

What a darling wall hanging. It would make me smile every time I saw it hanging in my home.

Congratulations on its past and present acclaim.

Beth said...

I love the oldies! Adorable!

Judy said...

They look like devious raindeer, don't they? Congratulations on the quilt doing so well at the shows.

Sandra Kaye said...

This is a very sweet quilt!! Great job!! Hugs to you!!

Joanna said...

I have to smile when I view your reindeer quilt. They are cute. Love the eyes. By it's age this quilt is approaching "classic" status.

Libby said...

What a fun life your quilt has had - and easy to see why, it is just as wonderful as can be! I might be tempted to leave it up all year long *s*

Vroomans' Quilts said...

A fun holiday piece with history! Thank you for sharing.

Barbara said...

Oh, this is adorable!

Mrs.Pickles said...

so cute!!

Julimond said...

funny

Nanbon44 said...

really cute.... love all the little reindeer

Sue Daurio said...

I just love all their different expressions! Fabulous!

Michele Hester said...

Very nice! Thank you for sharing.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I love that each reindeer has it's own personality! Very cute.

MooseStash Quilting said...

How fun is this. I love it!

Carrie P. said...

Very cute!

Lesley said...

Ahhh, this makes me smile...lots!

Wilma NC said...

That is sooo cute!!

Snoodles said...

LOL They are so mischievous! Love this....I can see why it was so honored!

paulette said...

I was right!! SEW adorable!!
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nima said...

that's so sweet...i love this cute quilt

LynCC said...

Soooo cute! Go, Rudy!

May Britt said...

The reindeer are sooooo cute.

Kim said...

Hi Paula. :)
Very interesting, another award winning quilt...what else are you holding back, lol. This Rudolph quilt is fun - glad the judges saw the talent behind it. I always watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer each holiday season, that and Frosty The Snowman...got any Frosty quilts hiding out? :-D

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Cute Christmas Quilt! Love to hear the history of quilts. Congrats on being one of the 25 semifinalists! Cool! Thanks for sharing!

Kathleen said...

What a great acheivement for you. It is a wonderful quilt.

maggie said...

Wonderful quilt, Love the reindeer! Good job.

sew.darn.quilt said...

It may be an oldie but it's definitely a goodie! Too cute!!

Carolyn

Christine M said...

I love all the different expressions of their eyes! So cute!

Kathie said...

I love these reindeer they just make me smile ;)
very cute, love the story behind them too!
a trip to Houston, wow!
Kathie

QuiltSue said...

That is such a fun quilt, with a great history. You must be very proud of it.

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

What fun! And what a great history!! Lots of fun memories to revisit each year! Thanks for sharing!!

Janet said...

So very cute! I love the different expressions on the reindeer.

Callie said...

Love I!

Karen said...

Lots of fun in this quilt. The reindeer look great. Lovely quilt!

Teresa said...

This really made me laugh

Mary said...

Oldies are Goodies! They show how much we have learned. Cute Reindeer.

Judi said...

haha! Now those are cute!

Jen said...

Super cute! I love the color gradients idea. Ive never heard of that before. I love how you've got the Brady Bunch eyes going on, they are all looking at each other strangely like the Brady family does in the Intro Song.

Shakerwood said...

Just adorable!

Rachel said...

So cute!

Laurel said...

how sweet! i love rudolph...

Rachel said...

Awesome quilt. LOVE Rudolph. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I love it. The reeindeer are so cute!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

How very cute!!!

Sue said...

Love your reindeer quilt ! Makes me smile :-D

Heather said...

An oldie but a goodie!

KOcanQuilt said...

Wow, well traveled adorable quilt. I love the different expressions on their faces.

Michele said...

This is the cutest :-)

Kelli said...

Those reindeer have really been on a journey. Love them! :)

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

This is still a great quilt all these years later, proof positive that quilts are made to become keepsakes!

Sally said...

It is so a keeper. Love their eyes.
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