Monday, March 21, 2016
Only Quilters can stretch an International Quilting Day into a week. The wonderful Marian of Seams To Be Sew has gathered a whole bunch of Qwazy Quilters to share their joy.
We were asked to share what inspired us, our first projects and why we love quilting.
These lovely ladies - my mother and her 5 sisters - were a constant in my life and an inspiration. They were hard workers who loved to talk, laugh and a have good cuppa tea. They were all sewers and all stitched quilts. I remember being very young and stitching on a treadle machine when one of them dropped in on my mother and asked why she was letting me use the machine because I might stitch the needle in my finger. Her reply was "how else is she going to learn". I don't remember pricking my finger and I was always at the machine.
They stitched quilts for babies, brides, family members, celebrations and community fundraisers but primarily for warmth and coziness. Their early quilt fabric would be leftovers from old clothing or garments they stitched. Nothing went to waste.
When my mother turned 75 we surprised her with a quilt created by blocks contributed by family and friends. It became one of her treasures and she spent many hours looking at the blocks. But it was 'too good to use' so had an honored place hanging on the wall for all to see.
Each block was different and had special memories.
In her stash my mother had a lot of embroidered umbrella ladies. These became a quilt for her youngest granddaughter.
We make Graduation Quilts for our nieces and nephews. One of the ladies became a special block in another Granddaughter's quilt as she left high school last year.
The aunts were always creating.
This Dresden Plate is one of my favorite earlier quilts. It is showing its age. Our fabric choices mature and today we would never use so much polyester.
This is a music quilt stitched for my musical brother. Took me a while to collect all the right notes.
Perfect cabin quilt for another brother.
This is my special quilt. Not fancy but so many memories because it was made from my mother's house dresses after she left us. Lives in this little shed my brothers built last year. I call it a "Stitching Shed". A little bit of heaven on the Bras d'Or.
One of the nice aspects of Marian's blog hops are the lovely giveaways. The Fat Quarter Shop is giving everyone who makes a purchase a 10% discount. When you check out use the coupon code seamstobe316. The discount is not good on gift certificates and good for only one purchase per customer.
So check out all the goodies at today's featured bloggers and at SeamsToBeSew. And Marian always has an applique surprise gift. Make sure you leave a comment because we Qwilting Queens love to hear what you have to say.
Please join today's Qwazy Quilters and explore their inspirations.
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016
It was so hard to choose a topic to be nutty about because there are so many areas which would fill the bill.
I decided to be nutty about tea things.
Found these cute paper-pieced Mug O'Love mug rug patterns at SewHooked.com. And sewing fabric goes perfectly with tea.
A teapot fabric hiding in the stash stitched into a cheerful slightly funky table runner.
The January block, A Touch of Fun, from Victoriana Quilt Designs 2016 quilt was called Hot Chocolate. Could not resist so I was nutty enough to begin another BOM.
A frosty morning, A warm pot of tea,
A bit of stitching, Oh cozy me.
There are treasures on the pages of old magazines. I raided my collection of old handkerchiefs to create this cushion. Found the pattern in Creating Country Threads (Vol 10 No 10)
A teacup panel that I thought was too pretty to cut became a sweet centerpiece. Am I the only one who has a hard job cutting fabric until the perfect project comes along?
And who cannot be nuts about the sweet pattern of Hugging & Kissing Penguins offered as a gift by Marian of SeamsTo Be Sew on February 4. I still need to applique the edges.
So join all the nutty bloggers today:
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
While shoveling in my white world on this weekend it occurred to me that a quilt was needed. The snow trees seemed to be calling for there to be pictures on their branches.
This is a very old "rescue"quilt I was given years ago. It had been patched with polyester knit fabric and nothing of today's quilt was showing. It was in a pile of blankets and likely would have been discarded. It was well worn.
After much thread picking what I found was gorgeous. All cotton, lovely workmanship and hand quilted. And it showed its age. It must have provided much warmth and coziness over the years. I use it mainly for display especially during Christmas time.
I have always loved red and white quilts because they are so striking in their simple use of color. Someday I might just stitch one.
Everyone is a little nutty in their own special way. So please join us for the "NUTS ABOUT " blog hop sponsored by Seams To Be Sew on February 4.
Wishing everyone cozy stitching and a warm quilt to snuggle in.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Christmas In My Heart
This is such a special time of year - a season of family and friends and giving and sharing. And it is so special to share it with other quilting bloggers. We have our own special gift, Marian of Seams To Be Sew , who shares her energy and expertise in planning the Christmas Heart blog hop.
Christmas is everywhere. On a trip to Frenchies, our local second hand store, I spotted a Minnie Mouse on a child's shirt.
I thought such pretty design would make a cute hanging.
The latest issue of American Patchwork and Quilting featured a pattern for a Christmas Cottage table runner which proved impossible to resist. I love the little houses.
The colors are much richer but it was such a grey day out that all the pictures are muted.
It is fun stitching using all the colors in one design. This starry mat will function well all year. Christmas does not always have to be red and green.
This is a split nine patch which used up lots of Christmas stash. I made the top several years ago and it entered the UFO pile. I am happy to report a finished quilt (and one less UFO yea!!)
A flannel backing makes this really cozy for snuggling.
And I could not resist stitching Marian Pena's gift of a Christmas Star (free pattern) on my Sunbonnet Sue block. Thank you for the star.
So brew some tea and spend time exploring new Christmas Love creations on today's blogs.
Find more Christmas Love on today's blogs:
Thursday, November 19Meadowbrook
Tea Time Creations - you are here
Living My Dream
Seams To Be Sew
The Fat Quarter Shop has very generously donated a $25.00 gift certificate as a give away prize. To enter leave a comment on this blog and return to Seams To Be Sew to pick up a new free pattern each day and enter the giveaway for the Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate.