Tuesday, March 11, 2014

You Can Can Can

Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks
 
where
 
 
You Can Can Can.
 
You Can Can Can.  My quilt of can-can dancers.
 
This quilt is for the "Think Ruffles" Blog Hop and welcome to my day in the hop.
The creative mind of Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt came up with this hop to showcase
RUFFLES
and Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy is doing an incredible job of keeping the hop organized.
 
My inspiration.
 
In case you missed it, I live in Dodge City, Kansas and when I think of ruffles I think of dresses with lots of them.
 
Can-Can Dancers!!
 

 
It pays to have artistic friends. 
 I was chatting about what I wanted to make at work one day when the most artistic nail artist happened into the break room.
30 minutes later she handed me a drawing of a Can-Can dancer.
We are offering the template on Craftsy.
 
 
I machine stitched the hair and faces with 2 strands of thread.
Of course every hair do is a different color.
(I'm a hair stylist)  :)
 
 Every time I finished one Can-Can girl, I would tell hubby, "this is my favorite" and then I would make another and that one would be my favorite.
 
This quilt would be very large if I hadn't had a deadline.
I LOVE making ruffles and can-can girls.
*I'm dancing*
 

 
The feathers are just a bit of trim that looks like feathers.
I would have used actual feathers, but the dyed variety aren't color fast.
 

Fusible was used for the legs with Moda Basic Grey Little Black Dress floral lace fabric. I used a blanket stitch around the legs.
 

The dresses are yards and yards of ribbon.
Satin and organza ribbon.
Between 5 1/2 - 7 yards per dress depending on the size of the ribbon.
 ( I was shocked when I kept track.)
I was inspired by Madame Samm's method of making ruffles on the machine.
Some of the dresses have organza ruffles inside, but I learned the hard way that it melts.  lol
So the right side of the skirts (the part under the fused leg ) is satin ribbon. Satin ribbon doesn't melt.  *winking big*
The garters are just a wee bit of satin ribbon.
 


I felt that the quilting needed to be feathers, (a first for me) so I free motioned using my Janome.
The edges were cut in a scallop (another first for me)
and a ruffle added using Moda Basic Grey Little Black Dress 2 Timeless fabric for the
ruffle and the binding. 



 
 
The photos were taken at Dodge City's Boothill Museum in front of the Long Branch Saloon where every night of the summer you can see real live Can-Can dancers perform.
Hubby and I try to go at least once a year for dinner, the gun fight, and the variety show.
 
 
Made for Me?  Yes, to hanging in my Dodge City themed guest bed and bath.
 
If you are ever in the area, I recommend a visit to the Boothill Museum.

I made one more Can-Can dancer for Allison, my artist.
Pink hair for this one. *wink*
 

 
This drawstring bag was made using my friend, Jennifer at Glinda Quilts tutorial for a pants bag.
The same fabrics were used and a ruffle around the oval made it look a bit old fashioned.
It reminds me of those old fabric picture frames.
 
Now get the heck out of Dodge and go see the other beautiful ruffles of the day!


 
March 11th




 Amy has the complete schedule, just click here.

We're having a heat wave,
A tropical heat wave,
The way that she moves
That thermometer proves
That she certainly can can-can.


Read more: Irving Berlin - Heat Wave Lyrics | MetroLyrics
 
You made it this far.  You deserve a giveaway!
Update:
Giveaway is over.
I didn't have any fabric left from these projects, but my local quilt shop had a couple
Moda Basic Grey Little Black Dress fat quarters to offer.
 
 
I had a couple spools of ribbon.
Just leave a comment and if you follow leave a second comment saying you do.
That's 2 chances to win.
Just make sure I can-can e-mail you if you aren't a Google user.
Giveaway ends Sunday, March 16th.
 
The Winner is:
Maggie!
Blogger maggie said...
Carla, I am just gob-stopped over your can-can quilt. It is so clever, and original. Wow!
I am so glad to read that you are keeping this one. Well done,
cheers
maggie
 
 
 


167 comments:

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Clever idea for all those ruffles. Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I follow on Bloglovin

Lisa said...

I have to admit I love it!

Lisa said...

I follow you on bloglovin

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Love, love, love this quilt and bag….those can-can girls are great and so original…just beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

I already follow via email :)

Scrapatches said...

You can can ruffle, yes, you can can, Grrrl!

Your artist can can draw a can can dancer.

Your can can quilt and can can "pants" bag is "just gawjus!"

:) Pat

Scrapatches said...

I am am dancing along on GFC ... thanks for the chance chance to win ... :) Pat

Judy B said...

What a creative quilt, just blew me away! Your "thank you" bag is perfect. Thank you for sharing.

Judy B said...

I follow via email!

Carolyn said...

OH my goodness, your Can-Can girls are AWESOME! You need to win the "wow" AND the "most creative"~ I'm just loving these to death. Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to get up and dance. ;)

Kim said...
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Kim said...

Oh WOW!! Now this quilt is to put it quite simply AMAZING!! Love, love, love your girls whirling and twirling in amongst all those gorgeous ruffles!! You are just too, too clever!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

You just amaze us each hop. This is just truly a work of art. Yes, can-can girls in their ruffles and feathers do kick it up .

Theresa said...

When I think of Dodge City of do think of the old west and saloons. What you call can, can girls I call saloon girls. All the same I guess but oh my goodness aren't they cute. I love it!!

Anita said...

Wow, fantastic can-can dancers! You did a great job with all that ribbon!

Kay said...

Your can can ladies are so much fun, thanks for sharing this. I think it has to be the most original idea I have seen so far.

charlotte said...

Carla, that is the cutest, most creative quilt. I love your can can dancers. Wonderful job!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Wow! Your attention to detail is amazing!! Great job and and fun idea :)

Shari said...

HA! Love this quilt! Another awesome post with beautiful pictures! Thanks for the template!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

I follow on Bloglovin

Shari said...

How do I stalk thee? Let me count the ways...bloglovin, blog roll, and now GFC cause I CAN, CAN, CAN!! LOL

Lisa Marie said...

Wow, that is so creative! Beautiful!

Mdm Samm said...

absolutely stunning…at first i thought they were apples with a core….so glad you had close ups…this is soooooo gorgeous..way to go friend in pink wink...

Britt-Inger said...

What more could I say, that Samm already has written. I love love your quilt, it is so wonderful and awesome and so creative. I had to buy the pattern, fell in love in the dancers. Thank for sharing your creativity and being part of this hop

Britt-Inger said...

Of course I am a follower on Bloglovin.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

You CAN ruffle and then some! It's such a clever and beautiful quilt!

Shirlee Fassell said...

WOW makes me want to kick up my heals!! Your quilt is super!!

Barb and Sharon said...

Wow, that is a lot of ribbon!
Barb@Witsend

Barb and Sharon said...

I follow you on Bloglovin.
Barb@Witsend

gpc said...

How clever! Love it! :)

Thearica said...

Yep, you win hands down... Love the can can dancers! I didnt see the dancers on Madame Samms blog when I looked at the photo overt there... but you can definitely see them over here. :)

Great job of thinking outside the box!

Dorian said...

Very creative! Love those dresses. You did a beautiful job.

Jeanie said...

You can-can rock the ruffles! How cute is this... you deserve one of the picks today! Great job!

Jeanie said...

Yup... I'm a follower on Bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway!

Vickie said...

I bow to you my Queen of the Hop....that's the most creative quilt I've ever seen....I hope your going to enter it in many shows. It's just fabulous Carla.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Wow Carla!! This is just stunning!! I can't say enough about the quilt and your work. Beautiful!! Thank you for the great giveaway too

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I am definitely a follower!

Renea said...

Great way to use ruffles in a project. Thanks for the giveaway

Carol said...

Awesome quilt with awesome can can dancers and ruffles! Thanks for sharing!

Leah said...

These can can ladies are super fun! Love what you have done with the ruffles!!

Leah said...

I am a happy follower!

MalinisQuilts said...

WOW! Stunning quilt Carla! Like you said every single dancer in your quilt is amazing. And top of it you made a bag too? Just AWESOME!
Thanks for sharing!

Brenda said...

Love the You Can Can Can. The quilt and the sentiment. Think if I tried, tho, I'd fall right on my butt and take the rest of the line with me. My absolute favorite is the one with the black skirt and red petticoats. A very, very clever idea, and beautiful execution. You and your friend are both very talented, and how generous of you to make the bag for her. Pink hair, huh?

Brenda said...

BTW, do follow you now on Google's dashboard. And saw that the Fat Quarter Shop was a sponsor of yours. One of my favorite online shops since I discovered them years ago!

Linda said...

Carla, that is absolutely perfect!!! I love those can can girls! Wow!!!

Linda said...

I'm a follower, of course!

Needled Mom said...

OMGosh!!!! That is amazing - brilliant and beautifully done.

Needled Mom said...

I am a follower.

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Oh my, you certainly can can-can! LOVED your quilt and all those ruffles! You have outdone yourself this time! sewinblogsarefun@yahoo.com

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

I follow by email. sewingblogsarefun@yahoo.com

Purl Buttons said...

What a wonderful collaboration! I remember a can-can routine from my dance school days. My skirt had yellow and hot pink ruffles and, I think, a row of green. It was fun and we felt energized afterward. And a little bit silly, but what the hey, we were 14. If you can be silly, stay home.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I am totally blown away. Amazing....and gorgeous! blessings, marlene

StitchinByTheLake said...

And of course I follow you...on Bloglovin. blessings, marlene

Mary said...

Carla, you truly deserve to be in the top two today. You did a wonderful job.

Jo said...

Wow I am speechless! What a wonderfully original and fun idea, your quilt is amazing

Jo said...

I follow with bloglovin'

Lana said...

Stunned. Just stunned. So AWESOME!

Corrie said...

Fantastic. So clever and cool. Well done.

Bonnie said...

I love your cancan girls. What a wonderful quilt. Thanks for sharing. Also thanks for the giveaway.

Gill said...

I love your can can dancers! My favourite project of the hop!

Gill said...

GFC follower!

MooseStashQuilting said...

OMG Carla, you certainly took this to a whole new "fabulous" realm!! What a hoot! Your something else, and what better place to photograph it!

Sherry said...

Your can can girls are so amazing. This is a beautiful project and so creative, I am so glad you joined the hop and shared this with us.

Sherry said...

I am a new follower via email.

Createology said...

Oh yes I follow you and always enjoy your creativity.

Createology said...

Now I have this fun song in my head for today. I LOVE your uber creative Can Can Girls quilt! Brilliant use of ruffles!! Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

This is so cute! Love all those ruffled skirts!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

I follow on feedly

Kristen King said...

Oh wow is this a great project!! Those Can Can dancers are great! :)

JanesQuilting said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Before this hop, I would have never thought that ruffels could go in a quilt and actually look good. You sure proved that wrong. They are adorable. I also like you bag. Thank you for sharing.

madebymeinred said...

You must be ruffled out! The quilt is stunning and I love your can can girl. Great pictures too.

Margaret said...

That is a wonderful project. I love it. You are very creative.

Margaret said...

I follow by blog lovin

Vicki H said...

Carla, those are wonderful Can Can girls. I love the quilt edge as well.

Vicki H said...

I follow with GFC.

Bear Creek Quilting Company said...

Oh my! Your Can Can girls are beautiful. Exactly what I would think of with lots and lots of ruffles. Thanks for sharing! ~Shari

Cecilia said...

Your quilt is great! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

Cecilia said...

I follow via email.

Wendy said...

girl, oh, girl, oh girl!!! that is one fan-tab-u-lously gorgeous quilt!! Carla, what a wonderful job you did :) Yay you and yay you for keeping it for yourself :) Truly ... thank you so much for sharing!!

Wendy said...

girl, oh, girl, oh girl!!! that is one fan-tab-u-lously gorgeous quilt!! Carla, what a wonderful job you did :) Yay you and yay you for keeping it for yourself :) Truly ... thank you so much for sharing!!

Wendy said...

I am a follower of yours ... email and bloglovin :) wouldn't want to miss ya! :) Thank you so much!!

maggie said...

Carla, I am just gob-stopped over your can-can quilt. It is so clever, and original. Wow!
I am so glad to read that you are keeping this one. Well done,
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

maggie said...

I am a follower via e-mail.

cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

Nancy said...

Oh, what a lot of work and time you put into the quilt and then to add a bag. This is so very lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Nancy said...

I am following via email.

carla said...

HI!!! Wow!!!! This one is too fun!!! I love it!!!

Amy said...

Of course, just stunning! The little can can dancers are just beautiful with all their ruffle details.

jan said...

Love your Can- can girls! Very creative. Thank you for sharing.

Missy Shay said...

Those can can dancers were a great idea!
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Missy Shay said...

I'm a new follower!
missysaprons@gmail.com

OhioLori said...

Wowie!! GORGEOUS quilt!!! You are soooo Creative!!! Looove your ladie's!!

OhioLori said...

I'm already a follower thru Bloglovin :)

cobcottagecraft.com said...

Love the Can Can girls!

Melissa Miller said...

Your quilt is great and makes me want to watch Moulin Rouge!

cobcottagecraft.com said...

I follow by email!

Melissa Miller said...

I already follow you with bloglovin.

Sewgirl said...

Really outstanding quilt. It will look fabulous where ever you hang it! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Davis said...

I love the little black dress fabric.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Kathy Davis said...

I follow on bloglovin.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Beth Strand said...

Wow, wow and wow! That is a wonderful, ruffled creation! Beth @ Words & Stitches, pbstrand@msn.com

Brandy Pettit said...

Every time I see "can-can" I'm thinking of the movie Anastasia and them dancing around Paris. This came out pretty sweet!
~Brandy

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Oh yes you can, can! The girls are fabulous, and all of the ruffles! Luv it!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I am a follower via blogger

Judy said...

WAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH!!!!!
Waouh and again waohhhhhh!
That is GREAT!
I have have have to make such a quilt as well!
I nearly felt off the chair, you are CREATIVE !!!!

Connie Cain said...

I just LOVE it! How awesomely creative you are! Wish I could come up with those kind of ideas.
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Connie Cain said...

I follow you via e-mail. :)
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Connie said...

What a beautiful quilt and the ruffles on the dresses are so neat! Thanks for sharing.
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Connie said...

I am a follower with GFC.

Mokki said...

Those dancers look great. I love the lacy looking legs too.

Emily C said...

What a clever idea. Amazing what people will come up with when you ask a simple question or mention a project your working on. They came out great!

Cheryl said...

Little black dress is one of my favorite fabric lines! I've dying to use it!

Cheryl said...

I get email alerts from you! :)

Carrie P. said...

your are so clever. that is such a cute quilt and what a great idea for your guest bedroom.

Carrie P. said...

I am a follower.

Linda J said...

Well done, Carla! What a very clever use of ruffles. Interesting to see where we get our inspiration but in your case it was a natural!

quilter said...

Very cute, sure hope I win

LJ said...

I've been seeing some fabulous ruffle projects but your project just hit it out of the park or is that outta Dodge!! What fun designing all those can-can girls and their ruffles. I can see why you loved them all. The can-can bag is outstanding, too. Fantabulous!!

LJ said...

I follow using Feedly. Thanks for a great blog.

Diann said...

That is the most amazingly creative project I've seen in while-it must have taken forever. Wow!

Kwilt Krazy said...

I love it! Sew imaginative!

MoeWest said...

Wow, this quilt is fabulous! I think you should get a prize for using the most ruffles!I was surprised by how much ribbon each skirt takes.

MoeWest said...

I follow with bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway.

sofen said...

Wow! I am truly impressed by your can can dancers! Really! Wow...

jachelno at gmail dot com

sofen said...

I am already a Bloglovin follower.

jachelno at gmail dot com

Mara said...

Beautiful Can, Can girls.

Joan H. said...

I love your Can-can girls. Very clever idea.

PersimonDreams said...

Love those sassy ruffles! Great quilt!

Tracy Dawson said...

I follow on Pinterest

Tracy Dawson said...

I love those ruffles, gives me ideas

Janarama said...

Holy smokes ... you really knocked it out of the park. Your quilt is absolutely stunning!

Janarama said...

I follow you via GFC.

Laura said...

Great quilt idea! Nicely done!

Peaches1003 said...

How clever and striking!! Your quilt is very impressive

Lucy Mclaurin said...

So striking and effective. Think I may have to have a try at this!

lucymclaurin@hotmail.com

Lucy Mclaurin said...

I am a follower!

lucymclaurin@hotmail.com

Jansie said...

What an amazingly creative quilt. I love it!!!

Jansie said...

I follow on Bloglovin. :)

Glinda ♥ said...

Great work, my friend! Have never made ruffles ... you make it look so easy! Love love LOVE the Pants Bag and your own design twist :)

craftygramma said...

I was just wishing I had some of that little black dress fabric, and you are giving some away! Love those can can girls. So Wow. Thanks!

WhoMom said...

Fabulous, brilliant, fantastic idea for a quilt and bag. It's adorable. I love the creativity put into the quilt and it will look great where ever you put it.

WhoMom said...

Follow with bloglovin'

pippirose said...

The can-can girls are fabulous! Love the colours and the ruffles. Gorgeous!

pippirose said...

I follow you on Bloglovin (Pippirose)

Rebecca Brewer said...

I put the can-can pattern on my wish list on crafts in the hope that my skills will improve enough to attempt one of these beautiful ladies. Thanks for sharing it!

Rebecca Brewer said...

I followed on Bloglovin'. Can't wait to see more. Thanks

Sarah @ mila+cuatro said...

This is a stand-out in the blog hop for me, I just LOVE those can-can dancers, they look amazing!

Janie said...

I love ruffles. Your quilt looks great. Thanks for the giveaway!

Mom C said...

Those can-can girls are pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing.

PK Sews said...

Oh my gosh, I've never seen a more creative use of ruffles! I love your an can dancers! Thanks for sharing!

PK Sews said...

I follow your inspiring blog via Bloglovin. Thanks again.

Sallie said...

My DD would love this can can quilt!

DebraKay Neiman said...

Besides being such an original and inspired quilt ... the historical connection is perfect. Your really should make a pattern or do a tutorial on this one. I want one. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

DebraKay Neiman said...

I follow you on bloglovin and newsletter. Oops, I see you did a template on Craftsy...off I go to check it out. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Kat said...

Carla, your Can Can quilt is wonderful. I shared it with my coworkers who were amazed at the ceativity. I also shared it with my quilt guild who thought it should be in a show and competition. They also think you should create and market the patterns. Congratulations on a fantastic job and kudos from others in my little corner of Southern California. Thanks, Kat

Kat said...

Hi Carla, I follow your blog through my email so far. I'm ready to add you to my facebook too.
I wait impatiently for every post you do. I just don't know where you get your energy!!

Keep on "Creatin".

Sarah Craig said...

That's a very cool quilt! I love the creative use of ruffles… Whoop whoop!!

Sarah Craig said...

And I'm a new follower via email!

Wendy said...

Wow, that is fab! Your can can girls are brilliant!

Sewing Mom said...

What a truly amazing quilt! Very creative.

Sewing Mom said...

I follow. Thank you!

Jeanne Gwin said...

That is too stinkin' cute. I love it!! And I know your guests will too. Thanks for a chance to win your giveaway

Jeanne Gwin said...

I follow you via bloglovin'

Linda said...

FOLLOW ON BLOG LOVIN'!

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Linda said...

HI,RUFFLES RUFFLES EVERYWHERE! SUCH NEAT PROJECTS! THANKS FOR SHARING!

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Cindy Dahlgren said...

Such a cute and original idea for a quilt! I love it, you did a great job.

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I follow you on Bloglovin.