Friday, 21 May 2010

Imagine that! Thank you, guys!

Welcome to my blog, Mrs Moen! This is my second time participating in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side.

I have picked “Imagine that! Thank you, guys!” (130cm *130cm) this time; I’m not sure it’s my favourite quilt, but it definitely was one of the most fun to make. It was created and finished within a period of two crazy weeks in the spring of 2006 for Husqvarna Viking’s competition” Imagine that” (no, I don’t think I slept very much, and no, it did not make the final cut).
Artist’s statement: This quilt is my way of honouring some of men’s great creations: the work of my favourite architect, my favourite car, my maternal grandfather’s bridge, and other creations that are practical, beautiful, amusing or just for pure enjoyment.
The cogwheels represent dreams and ideas, some spinning around in the head, and others have become a reality.
Thanks to the creators and their great imagination!


The quilt is made from cotton fabrics, with fusible appliqué and free motion quilting and writing. I pretty much let my imagination flow and picked lots of inventions. Internet proved invaluable while looking for the creators of all kinds of stuff.

These made the final cut (no pun intended):

La Sagrada Familia, Antonio Gaudi
The chocolate cake, Antonin Careme
The candy bar, Joseph Fry (see a theme here??)

The Tromsø Brigde, Erling Kjeldsen (my maternal grandfather)

The sewing machine, Elias Howe

The diamond engagement ring, Archduke Maximillan of Austria

Porsche 911, Ferdinand Porsche

Band aid, Earle Dicson
The zipper, Gideon Sunback

Penis envy, Sigmund Freud (see all the question marks there??)
The shopping bag, Walter H. Deubner
The wheel, Mesopotamians
Christmas tree lights, Edward Johnson
The chastity belt, Just guessing: a guy?

Some times quilting is just a lot of creative fun.-)

55 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt. Glad you are participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival again!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh Wow! Your work is always so original and inspiring!

    Rita

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh, what can I say?
    I take a bow for this absolutely fantastic quilt!
    Penis envy and chastity belt? Laughed out loud while reading! I love it!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your festival entry is colorful and cheerful!
    Reading your guy story made me laughing out loud
    Greets from the Netherlands!

    ReplyDelete
  5. That's a wonderful tribute - and a gorgeous quilt! Love how all the wheels turn inside your head. I think I can relate to that
    ; )
    I would be proud of a grandfather like yours, too. Bridges are such powerful connectors. And you are so talented!

    ReplyDelete
  6. lots of work and thought put into this exciting quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  7. So cool, the stitching on all those cogs must have been difficult.
    Gaudi, eh, my son's favorite building/architect too! And a structural engineer/architect in the family, wow!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Wow!! So original and bright--what a great idea. I love all the cogs and parts of your story had me laughing out loud!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Amazing!!! And in only 2 weeks. Once again you are an inspiration to us all.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Your quilt is so awesome! I can't believe you finished it in two weeks. Also, I love your little blue band aid :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. This quilt is just tremendous!!! Thanks for sharing your talent - it's very inspirational. I enjoy reading your blog.....keep up the good work! Piece....

    ReplyDelete
  12. How very interesting! Your interpretation is quite insightful. Love it Nina!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Interesting items you picked to honour. I love your grandfather's bridge - but the chastity belt??? Very nice quilt.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oh, that is so inspired. Incredible. You've got such a wonderful, free sense of humor Nina Lise. I adore your work.

    ReplyDelete
  15. A very unusual and interesting quilt. It does look like a fun one to make.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Love the chastity belt especially, but I enjoyed all of this quilt.

    ReplyDelete
  17. You have such a quirky mind (in a good way). Always enjoy seeing what you will produce. Love the picture within a cog idea.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Nina, your quilts are always so amazing! They always carry so much interest. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Creative bones , very nice --cottonreel

    ReplyDelete
  20. How fun is that!!! : D Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hi Mrs M, it,s cottonreel again ,you ask what I am reading , Its 'City of Fear' by Alafair Burke

    ReplyDelete
  22. Whether you made the cut (in the competition) or not, great work . . . and loved the story.

    Thanks for sharing. Regards, Sue

    ReplyDelete
  23. That is amazing. I can't believe you weren't picked for the contest!

    ReplyDelete
  24. this is quite amazing Mrs. Moen! Your full of surprises! GREAT work!

    ReplyDelete
  25. That you designed and made it in two weeks is amazing. I love the humor you included in the quilt, and the images. You do such a great job.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I can see why that is one of your favorite quilts, it is so creative and original.

    Debbie

    ReplyDelete
  27. You are endlessly amazing - so creative and surprising, I'm in awe of all your work. I adore this quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  28. What an incredibly innovative quilt. Ignore those guys who didn't give you an award; what do they know?!!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I have seen this in real life, and it is realy good !!
    Sorry I mist out on Wedensday...offshore..

    ReplyDelete
  30. Awesome quilt! Thanks for showing close-ups of the wonderful 'inventions'. You are an artist indeed.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Brilliant! You crack me up......hope they appreciated your humor:) And hope things are going well for you and your family.

    ReplyDelete
  32. wow all this intricate work is stunning

    ReplyDelete
  33. LOL and wow!
    what an amazing achievement!
    Congratulations!
    Valentina from Cyprus

    ReplyDelete
  34. Such an original and creative quilt. I enjoyed seeing all the blocks. Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Hi Nina Lise,
    I just get blown away by your creativity. I don't know bout penis-envy, maybe Nina-envy for me LOL
    Hugs, Sharon

    ReplyDelete
  36. Great quilt. Wonderful creativity and gorgeous fabrics and color combination.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Your quilt is awesome! I love the way you arrange everything and the fabrics are beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  38. zounds! what a great quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  39. wowzers that's a terrific quilt!!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Beautiful! I love the colors in there :) Thanks for participating1

    ReplyDelete
  41. What a fun quilt! Very creative:)

    ReplyDelete
  42. Love the fabric colors and the fun details!

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

    ReplyDelete
  43. You made this in two weeks??? Wonderful!

    See my entry HERE.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Love all those thought provoking choices - and great colors too!

    ReplyDelete
  45. What a great quilt!! So much fun - love these quilts that tell a story! Amazing job.

    ReplyDelete
  46. what a great quilt!! love the chastity belt--just NOT possible a woman created that, surely!!!!! great colors. hello from washington state.

    ReplyDelete
  47. What a great quilt-surprised it didn't make the cut. I especially like the polka dot bandaid and your grandfathers bridge. Fab.
    Come see my antique quilt entries
    http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com
    http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  48. This is such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Love it, your creativity always amazes me!!

    Blessings,
    KT

    ReplyDelete