In 2005, I entered a quilt into the Paducah show entitled “The Alligator from the Great Northwest”. It was a drawing I made of an alligator after returning from Alaska (my daughter let me use her charcoals to make the drawing). I styled my drawing after the artwork of the Indian tribes there. I found the primitive artwork and simple red and black colors striking.
My Paducah quilt was actually my 2nd alligator quilt. The center of this quilt was the first one. I had not finished the machine applique, and it had no borders. It has been on my UFO list since 2004. But now, it no longer is. I plan to enter it in our quilt guild show in October.
It is entirely freehand quilted. The tumblers are all pieced with anywhere from 3-5 strips each. That tumbler border took approximately 40 hours to piece.
I’m marking this one off my list now.