Thursday, February 4, 2010

When Pigs Fly!

My dear friend Paula from
reminded me that I have yet to tell the story of my flying pigs:).
Some time ago I shared that we have flying pigs throughout the house.
Some are actually flying...
while others stand proudly on top of the fridge.
These little flying pigs soar above the kitchen sink.
I am known by my quilting friends for my flying pigs because of this quilt.
I made this quilt in 1994.
It's the scene of the park where we would hold our annual quilt shows.
This beautiful old Victorian house stood guard over the park.
Kramer would like to help me show some of the quilt's details.
This is his Vanna White impression as he sweeps his paw across the quilt to show the quilt museum sign.
A closer look at the sign which is appliqued onto the quilt. The flowers and monkey grass are embroidered.
This lady is selling tickets.
Even the squirrels are making an appearance as they check out the recycling bin in the park.
These ladies are selling quilts...
while these ladies enjoy the quilt show.
Each person is about 1.5 inches and is hand-appliqued with embroidered accents.
This woman brought her baby along:).
And what do you do when you can't design cars to your satisfaction?
You make it a 'no parking' zone, of course!
Many of the quilts hang from clothes lines between the trees.
A woman and her little girl enjoy the quilts.
If you look closer the little girl has brought her teddy bear along:).
A bluebird brings a snack to her babies.
This woman's dog has something other than quilts on his mind.
Another woman carries more quilts to the sale table.
What does all this have to do with flying pigs, you ask?
This quilt took me nearly a year to complete with a great deal of tedious work involved.
And so when I debued it to my quilt guild I told them that 'pigs would fly before I made another quilt like this.'
Don't believe me?
Well look a little closer.
What's that flying in the sky behind the geese formation?
Yup, it's a flying pig.
And that's how I came to be known as the 'flying pig' lady:).

Kramer is worn out from all of that pointing. He's going to take a nap now (of course, what cat doesn't love a good nap on a quilt:).


BellaRosa said...

Kim amor, I LOVE your collection of flying pigs and your beautiful quilt, can tell ALOT of loving work went into that...I loved the flying pig in it too, that was truly inspired :) I will have to show you the picture of my only flying pig that I have, her name is Tallulah Belle and she is all that is oh la la and girlie :) Besos, Rose

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Holy Smoke Kim...that is a LOT of work on that quilt...I would have lost my eyesight I do belive.
Yep, I can see why they call you the flying pig lady.


Deanna said...

Kim, I'm so glad that you've shared this wonderful quilt that you have made.

Alot of work has gone into this one of a kind quilt.

It's so neat,

Sandra said...

I so enjoy reading all your posts. The previous one brought a tear to my eye (what a special husband you have) as it was so touching and this post made me smile.

The quilt is just beautiful and so detailed. Oh, and I love the flying pig collection, too! :o)

Celestial Charms said...

What an absolutely gorgeous quilt. That is some dedication to detail. Love all your flying pigs!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

What a beautiful quilt! And I can't even imagine all the hard work that went into making all the details; but how darling!!!
And thanks to Kramer for being such a good "quilt display helper"!! LOL! Too cute.

June said...

I can't even believe the amount of work you have put into that awesome quilt Kim. It is amazing! Pigs would fly before I would even consider trying a feat such as this.
Your collection of pigs is so cute. I am so glad you let us in on way the collection.

Paula said...

Dear Sweet Kim,

Thank you so much for sharing the story of your flying pigs! I enjoyed it so much!!! I loved seeing all your flying pigs, and your quilt is amazingly beautiful!!! I love all of the detail, and Kramer did a wonderful job! Oh, you always make me laugh with your wonderful sense of humor Kim! I can see why you said pigs would fly before you make another quilt like that. It is a true treasure, and I can only imagine all the time and love that went into it.

Thank you again for sharing the flying pig story! It is alway such a joy to visit with you!

Much love dear friend!

P.S. I left a comment on Madai's blog, right after yours, and read your kind words! I feel the very same about you! I consider you as one of my dearest blog buddies! You are an amazing and kind woman. I am so thankful the Lord brought us together. And thank you for saying that. It really blessed me and helped me, for I have been feeling quite low lately. Bless you!!!

SoapyChica said...

I don't think I have ever seen such a wonderful quilt! I wish I had half your skill ! So glad I found my way to your lovely blog via the beautiful Laughing with Angels :)

Eastlake Victorian said...


Wow, what an amazing and special quilt! I can see how it took so long to complete... all the details are wonderful! A true work of art, I must say! I've known pig collectors, but you're the first flying pig collector I know! What a fun, whimsical collection.