Before deciding what to quill, I set off googling Pennsylvania German and Pennsylvania Dutch (the names seem to be used interchangeably) folk art, and learned about distelfinks, stylized goldfinches that are sometimes shown with funny head feathers.
I decided to do a loose interpretation of a piece that is in the Pennsylvania German collection of The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, thinking that the bird would go well with the wooden ones on the chest of drawers. All in all, it was an enjoyable weekend spent quilling a traditional design... nice to step away from one's usual style every now and then!
And now let's fast forward a few hundred years... I want to show you this PANCAKE Map that Justina Yang of Fiber Lab sent as a thank you for blogging about her new line of wall art. What a great shape! Any guesses on the location?
It's Philadelphia, nearby and one of my favorite cities. Once the map is properly hung using the handy strings Justina placed on the back, it's sure to be a conversation starter... I can't wait to see the expressions of puzzled guests!