Saturday, April 13, 2013

Wynken, Blynken, & Nod Crazy

It's almost quilt show season:)
I just registered my Wynken, Blynken, & Nod quilt
in the Krazy Horse Quilt Show.
The show is May 4-5, 2013
In Pendleton, Oregon.
I finished this up last summer (since last years show.)
It is not a judged show & I've only put
a quilt in it once or twice, but I like to support the local show -
(I like judged shows.) 
This quilt is made from a Pendleton Wool suit (pink,)
a pair of wool pants & skirt (ivory,)
and the beige is from a WWII military blanket.
It was a little thicker than the other fabrics, 
but it was the perfect color.
Finding quality fabric for joining the blocks was
the biggest challenge - 
which made piecing them difficult as 
the new fabric was 'wobbly' by comparison.
I just love the old E. Fields poem
Wynken, Blynken, & Nod
so did a center scene of the poem
and the actual poem which happens to be
4 stanzas long, one stanza in each corner.
On the crazy quilt part, I did all one stitch.
That was a first for me - I usually like to mix it up.

If you've never read the poem:
Wynken, Blynken, & Nod
by Eugene Fields

 Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe,-
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring-fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we,”
Said Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew;
The little stars were the herring-fish
That lived in the beautiful sea.
“Now cast your nets wherever you wish,-
Never afraid are we!”
So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam,-
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
‘Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
As if it could not be;
And some folk thought ’twas a dream they’d dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:-
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. 

My children are teenagers,
so maybe this will be for a grand-daughter someday - 
I can wait:)
It just all seemed to work, and
other than the quality of the new wool
I am pleased with how it turned out.
Oh, yea, It weighs just about 7 pounds!
It oughta be warm.

Until next time,
Nimble Fingers and Even Stitches

(PS, waited a couple days to try to have nice enough weather to photograph the entire thing - Mother Nature doesn't want me to:)


  1. your quilt looks so so cosy, just right the thing to wrap a grandchild uop in, back to my childhood with the poem, good to read it again.

  2. Hello, it's nice to meet you. This is a wonderful quilt and with the weight behind it, it will keep anyone warm regardless of the weather! I love the poem as well, remembering it from when I was small.

  3. JoeyLea!!!!!
    Winken, Blinken and Nod is one of my very favoritest poems in the whole wide world...since I was LITTLE!!!! can you tell by how I said it? LOL My mouth dropped open when I saw the post title. I have the song going through my head as I read your post...have yiu heard the version by Linda Ronstadt? I LOVE it! This one , The Sugarplum Tree and Animal Crackers were my most favorite poems as a child...I want to make a quilt like this! or my version of a quilt like this! I have just finished machine sewing the binding on a quilt for my Youngest Grandgirl. I will finish the hand stitching tomorrow. Hey I could post about it! LOL
    I really want to come to the quilt show in Pendleton! That would be such fun. I will have to check my calendar and see. I ahve a friend in the Tri-cities that crazy quilts and I KNOW you would LOVE to see her things. She does gorgeous work and makes remarkable items. She has a crazy quilt mid calf jacket that she made..I LOVE it!
    And if no one wants this quilt at your house...ME....ME...PICK ME!!!!! **Waving both hands wildly in the air**
    It is just amazing! I wish I could see the stitching better, it blends so well with the fabric! I guess I will just have to see it in person at the show!

  4. Okay, I looked closer at the pictures...I JUST love it! So sweet, perfect images for that poem!

  5. Hi! Between Crane and Juntura...Riverside? Not too many places out there...some gorgeous country from what I've seen. I don't get out that way too often. Very nice to meet you.

    This quilt is truly a piece of art...the beautiful hand stitching is amazing! I love the color combination and how you stitched the poem in the corners...the center piece was free-hand? Well done! You should get rave reviews at Pendleton.

    Happy trails~

  6. Wow, how beautiful! I love the stitching... I am just learning how to quilt; I hope to find more time this summer with some days off to really get into it.

  7. Back again.......
    Did you make this pattern yourself? Is it available anywhere for purchase????? And what kind of thread did you use, I am Loving that sheen....I think I need to made one before my grands come this August!
    And yes, I will continue to haunt this post......