Thursday, July 12, 2007

Cirque Du Sol ' Aire

The Airedale quilting bee has just announced their newest quilt for 2007! It absolutely is one of the most fun quilts that mom has done to date!

This Big Top theme was decided on last year. It takes the bee a whole year to plan one of these quilts!
The circus quilt idea was selected because all of the Airedale bee moms agree that we're just big goofy clowns!
Once the ladies have their theme, everyone decides what they want their Airedale to do under the Big Top! I decided that I wanted to be a clown in a tiny car.
The quilters are all given a block size and Christie, the bee's designer, sends background fabrics out to each of the quilters so that their blocks all blend once the entire quilt is sewn together. Mom and all the quilters have to stay within a specific color scheme and they're off and running! Mom loves shopping at the fabric store! That woman can stay gone for HOURS when she's shopping for Airedale quilt material!
Mom didn't draw her own pattern. Linda Hobbit drew it for her. She's drawn several of mom's blocks. She's a very talented artist! Drawing is not one of mom's strong points.
That's the best part of being involved with the bee, mom says - everyone works together for the same cause!
Once mom finishes with her block, it's shipped to Christie so she can assemble all the blocks into this awesome quilt and then the quilt travels to yet another bee member who actually does the quilting! It's a big process but well worth everyone's efforts!

This is mom's finished block.

You can see the finished quilt here. If you keep hitting "next" down at the right hand bottom of the page, you can meet all the quilters and artists and promo people involved. Guess what? This is the first year that Mitch's picture is associated with the quilt! Pretty cool, huh!

Naming the quilt is always fun too! So many great ideas are thrown out there and the group has to narrow it down to the perfect choice!
Mom feels so fortunate to be a part of the bee and to be able to work with all of these talented ladies and to turn out a project that will benefit all the Airedales in need!
I just wanted to share the latest Airedale quilting bee project with you all. I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as mom enjoyed working on it!

Until next time.................

Love ya lots,



Oscar's mummy and daddy said...

That's yet another beautiful quilt, all those Airedale mums are so clever! Mum and I enjoyed the website, but the circus music made us both jump!

Oscar x

PerfectTosca said...

Wow that is one cool quilt! I don't think they have a Collie quilt though. Airedale people are obviously more industrious.

Anonymous said...

Wow that quilt is amazing!!! I love the piece that your mom did!

The Airechicks said...


Your Mom is such a good Mom....and she's got talent too....

The quilt is beautifal - Thanks for sharing ....

Mitch looks so handsome....

Asta said...

That is a pawsome quilt!!!! I love the theme and all the gowgeous look supew in the caw, tell your Mommi we think she's terrierific! Does this get exhibited? or does it get auctioned, or what?
So cool that MItch gets to be pawt of it too now.
you're sooo bootiful(I wish I was an airegirl)
smoochie kisses

Asta said...

Maggie, oops, I wote, befowe I wead the special pawt about the quilt..heheheh, now I know how it's sold..thanks
smoochie kisses

Buster the Wired Fox Terror said...

Oh my Mom REALLY wants this one!

Bussie Kissies

Isabella said...

Wowzer! That quilt is positively amazing! Gorgeous! Your mom's square was the best part, dontcha' think?
Big Wags,

Gwyn Valentine said...

Your mum is sooo talented!!!

My mummy actually wanted to pick up quilting when she was studying in Australia, she even bought those magazines and books on quilting.

Obviously, she manage to learn nothing at all on quilting. And thats why, she has to BUY a new quilt instead of making one!

Maybe you can ask ur mum to impact some skills to my hopeless mummy!


Snowball said...


Your mom is really talented. We love the design that your mum has created.


Scrappy and Pebbles said...

WoW that block your mom worked is just fabulous. What a wonderful way to raise funds and what talent.

tail wags

Bogart H. Devil said...

Nice quilt... your mom is SO TALENTED!!!


Luckie Girl said...

Your Mom's skills are really good. I can see how much fun it must have been to shop and work on such a big project!! :)

Girl Girl Hamster said...

That is such a beautiful quilt Maggie

~ girl girl

Kien said...

oh Maggie.. your mom is super talented with a great gift... Love all those quilts!..

Golden Rossi

Huskee and Hershey said...

*clap clap clap* for your talented mom and of course the 'model'that inspired her work! The end product looks wonderful.. amazing..
(Btw I sent you something last week, let me know when you receive it ok? I hope the mailman didn't lose it..)

Huskee and Hershey said...

Oh I have tagged you Maggie.. check my blog.

Simba and Jazzi said...

That is amazing. All thats missing is a litt tiny Simba lol. Very clever indeed Mummy wishes she could do stuff like that.

Simba xxx

Jessica said...

Our Mom always wanted to learn how to quilt. We are admiring all your work. Absolutely beautiful!!

Mom says that she will buy us a raffle ticket for the quilt. That's great because we don't have jobs or money. Thanks Mom.

Love, Seadra and Zoe

fee said...

it's beautiful and such an original idea! makes me wish i was an airedale just so i can join your cirque du sol' aire!

Liza said...

Maggie - that is just beautiful.

Mom and I love seeing your mom's quilting. My human keeps saying she want to learn to quilt - but between stained glass, knitting sewing and now two dogs she says she has no time. Personally I think she could give up sleep to make labrador quilts!!

We are buying a raffle ticklet too!!

Have a great weekend! Dory

Putter said...

Maggie! Maggie!

Your Mom is so talentedest! You are so lucky! The circus theme is cool and your Mom's quilt block is beautiful!

Your Friend,

Putter ...:)

Gus said...

OOH, we love it...thanks for sharing. Since people are always mistaking me for an airedale, mom says "maybe"

umekotyan said...

The kilt that your mother made is wonderful.
Time and time hang.
This kilt recalls the Chitty Chitty machine.

from loved ume tyan

wally said...

Wow--that's really cool! I love the ones who have been shot from the cannon! The Flying Aire-Dales. Oh I'm so punny.


Jessie, Jake and Lola said...

Your mom is amazing!

She is sooo talented - our mom thinks your mom is a role model and now she is talking about "one day" doing a quilt too" (sure Mom we believe you - what about that bedspread you started crocheting about 4 years ago.....

Amber-Mae said...

WOW! Your mom's really really really awesomely talented! I should buy one of her lovely Airedale quilts, hehehe!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Myeo said...

That is a bootiful quilt. Your mom is so talented.

Boy n Baby

Lorenza said...

Hi, Maggie.
Thanks for sharing your it with us. Your mom did a great job! She is very talented. The finished product looks very cool!
Give your mom kisses and hugs for me!
Have a nice day

Ruby Bleu said...

The quilt is bootiful Maggie. Can your Mom make me one except with Boston Terrorists? That would be so cool!

Lots of Licks, Ruby