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Monday, January 11, 2010

Spot On Some of My Quilts

This is a quilt I made almost 2 decades ago. Obviously I did not finish it. I started it when we lived in Tacoma and worked on it every once in awhile after we moved out here to the country. During our years of building our home, home-schooling our children and all the family events in between I cut and pieced this little bit of a quilt top using used fabrics cut away from old clothes, scraps of fabric left over after other sewing projects, and some new fabrics bought in the sale bins of fabric stores I would frequent. I finally tacked it up on the wall in our spare bedroom, maybe I will finish the top , add batting and backing and quilt this one day. For now there are so many other things I would prefer to do, besides, I have a sister and friends who are very talented with quilting and love to add their quilts to my collection. "Quilters touch the past and the future." I won this quilt!Many of the women in our community made quilt blocks and after entering the blocks in the Lacamas Community Fair, they got together on their sewing day in the community hall to assemble two quilts using the collected quilt blocks that had been judged at the fair. The raffle tickets for the two quilts were drawn at the Lacamas Christmas Bazaar and I won first choice of the two quilts! "A bed without a quilt is like the sky without stars." ( click to enlarge and see the detail in the quilt blocks)) I chose this quilt because of the lambs and the bees. The theme of the fair, and the quilt itself, was "You have to bee here..." and fair type and honeybee squares fill the quilt, with the prize-ribbon fabric being the unifying fabric. "A quilt is a treasure which follows its' owner everywhere."
Don't you just love this happy quilt?"When life gives you scraps-make a quilt."
"Good friends are like quilts. They age with you, yet never lose their warmth." "May your sorrows be patched and your joys quilted."

22 comments:

Daisy said...

Your quilts are beautiful, Kathy. I like the square with the big bee on it. Very cute! I have some quilts made by my grandmother that I treasure too. I feel wrapped up in her love when I use them. :)

Mildred said...

Good Morning Kathy, I love to look at all your quilts. They make a room look so cozy and welcoming. Mama's friend in her 80's has a quilt her mama made using scraps from her childhood dresses - I think that is so sweet. Wishing you a wonderful day.

Southern Comfort said...

Some of my favorite keepsakes are quilts. I've made a couple in my lifetime but they are so time consuming. I made 2 this year as baby gifts but they were tiny and I finished them in one day. Those intricate quilts are way above my capabilities. They are really beautiful.

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Your quilts are beautiful! Using fabrics from clothing once worn adds the the "special warmth" the beloved quilt provides.

Wobegon Cottage(alice) said...

I need to start quilting just in case one of my grandaughters wants to know how. It is a little far to send them to Autie Jeans to take lessons so maybe I will start with a doll quilt and go from there. Your quilts are beautiful wish I had some. I do have one with bears.They just make a room so cozy.

LindaSueBuhl said...

How grand you got the quilt with lambs and bees! quite appropriate for the sheep raising, beekeeping folks of Cedar Pond! I've got a quilt top in a cedar chest - MIL finished it before she passed and I do not quilt - will hope to find both energy and motivation to finish the quilt someday. I truly love old fashioned crazy quilts - just squares sewn together to make a covering - frugal yet beautiful in their own way!

Mary said...

What lovely quilts, Kathy. They are truly beautiful.

Julie Harward said...

I love your quilt that you made and the other one. How does one get so lucky as to win a quilt? I would love that..it'll never happen...lucky you! Come say hi :D

noble pig said...

Wow, they are beautiful. The one on the bed, to die for! I don't have a homemade quilt, but I need one!

Mary said...

I have made a few small quilts in my lifetime. I never have enough patience to finish large quilts, despite the fact that I think quilts bring a lot of warmth to a home. I love the log cabin patterns especially. Beautiful. Your quilts are wonderful, Kathy. I like the happy bumble bee. Makes a person smile!

Farm Chick Paula said...

You are so talented, Kathy! (I think I say that every time I visit...) Your quilt is gorgeous. I love your "prize" quilt, too- I would have picked the same one as my choice... I'm a sucker for lambies and bees!

Vickie said...

Gorgeous quilts, Kathy. You need to finish that beautiful log cabin quilt. And the one that you won is so unique and has a little piece of all those wonderful ladies in it! Congratulations on your win!

Flower said...

Quilts are joyful and reminds us to think of "the story" of life. Each one tells us something!
Your quilts are beautiful as are the stories you tell!

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Have Courage said...

I love how you piece information and pictures together on your blog, it is one of my favorite 'quilts' to look at as it is always changing and is quite inspiring too. Blessings to you this day and always!

~Anita

Dolores said...

Kathy your quilts are so pretty!
Looking at your family pictures on your side bar....... beautiful family!!!

Leslie said...

What a wonderful win! Your log cabin quilt is very cute and full of great memories since it was made with some clothing scraps. My grandmother quilted and made many quilts in her life. I remember going with her to a friends house where women sat together around a quilt and finished large quilts as a group. I was fascinated at how fast they made those tiny little stitches. It was something I wished I could do one day but never did. I have one of her quilts and cherish it.

Karen said...

Bees and lambs,like it was made with you in mind! Don't you just love it? My mother-in-law quilted with ladies at church and it was so satisfying for her as well as the fact that they gave quilts to those who were very ill. Your work is beautiful.
God bless you.

KathyB. said...

Daisy, I have quilts that don't really appeal to me as far as color, etc., but I love and cherish them because they were made by loved ones no longer alive,who are precious.

Mildred, have you ever made a quilt, or comforter? Sometimes the act of making one is therapeutic. When I make one for someone I love I often pray for that person and their family as I piece and sew.

Southern Comfort,I like to make baby quilts best!They make me happy, and I can finish them in a day too.

English Cottage in Georgia,Do you remember the days when most all quilts were made from fabric scraps? That is what I remember. And I remember that is why many a long time ago preferred to buy bed spreads brand new because quilts and comforters were a sign that finances in a family were scarce...not so any more!

Wobegone Cottage, yes, Alice. You would have so much fun doing this!

LindaSue,I love crazy quilts too. I don't own one, but appreciate the ones I have seen. I also have 2 more quilts given to me that are very old and unfinished. I am not sure I can appropriately finish them because the fabric tops are almost a century old.

Mary, old quilts from loved ones are as special as a good recipe from loved ones...they warm me up inside and out, and the memories are beyond price.

Julie, I almost NEVER win anything this grand and I was so pleasantly surprised by this win!A quilt!!!!

Noble Pig, you do need one. I know your area is full of quilters, maybe someone should offer to design and sew a beautiful quilt for your soon to be winery, in exchange for a first bottle of wine! That would be a fair trade for sure.

Mary, I guess I should say that most of my quilts are machine quilted, and I am told the proper term for them if the batting, backing and front are just tied is 'comforter', but the quilt I won and the older quilts given to me by family are quilts. I have made queen size comforters and the piecing takes the most time....that is why I love to make baby quilts best.

KathyB. said...

Farm Chick Paula,I remember looking at both the quilts and thinking of the two this was my choice but knowing I would not win,joy! My raffle number was pulled first! I think if I want a chicken quilt I will have to make it myself.

Vickie, I will finish it..eventually! And that is exactly what I thought about the Bee Happy quilt, I have a little bit of every one of those community minded women in that prize...

Flower, thank-you. I found out the kitty square was made by a young girl that had been in my poultry 4H club, now her Mom is the poultry leader and this little girl is growing up to be a talented and community minded kind young woman.

Have Courage, Anita, thank-you very much! Your words are so kind.

Dolores, thank-you. You know,reading your blog and the road the journey life has taken you on has inspired me in many ways, and the value of memories and how precious they are is not being taken for granted .

Leslie, the lambs in the first square of the Bee quilt are hand embroidered. I bought another baby quilt from this lady because her work , her hand stitching and embroidery are of exquisite detail...and she was selling her quilts way too cheaply. Quilters that do her quality of work need to be appreciated and valued, as well as the quilts of memory.

Karen, the lamb and bees are exactly why I chose this quilt. I marvel at the wonderful people who put high quality work and love into quilts to donate to those in hospitals, nursing homes, and in need. Many of the ladies who made squares for this quilt do just that. Thank-you.

Jo said...

Omigosh, I love, love, love that bee...! You live such a wonderful life, Kathy. I hope you know -- in fact I think you know -- just how blessed you are. :-)

Cheers,
Jo

Kenleigh's Fiber Studio said...

They are beautiful - thanks for sharing! I love the comment about quilts representing the 'story of life'.