Yet another nice ‘slice’

“Ms. MacDonald Had a Farm,” made by members of a group called Hanging By a Thread in Boistfort, Wash., has won many awards in a variety of shows. It measures 82 inches by 85 inches and is made from richly colored Kaffe Fassett fabrics used in unexpected ways.

In an addendum to last week’s Art of Quilting column about slice quilts, I have to share another outstanding group quilt with you.

“Ms. MacDonald Had a Farm” was made by a gaggle of quilting friends who call themselves Hanging By a Thread. They meet in Boistfort, Wash., a small community between Seattle and Portland, Ore.

Their idea was to make a large quilt with farm animals as a joint effort. Member Bonnie Keller drew the design on graph paper, and with her husband’s Photoshop skills, they created separate patterns for each participant.

The 11 women challenged themselves to incorporate their favorite bold and wild fabrics, designed by Kaffe Fassett of London, in unexpected ways.

The fantasy farm came together through a raw-edge applique technique and was quilted on Audrey Prothero’s longarm machine. The quilt won its first award at QuiltWeek 2012 in Paducah, Ky. Since then, it has been in five more shows, receiving repeated viewers’ choice awards.

Keller says the National Quilt Museum in Paducah plans to purchase the quilt for its permanent collection, and the American Quilter’s Society is to publish patterns for the quilt this fall.


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