Saturday, October 31, 2009
Peony..a quilt from our collection, made in New Hampshire in early 1900's. The quilt is hand quilted with templates from the quilter's own environment...eg the donut cutter and the leaf from the yard. This quilt has Turkey red and a green that has faded to tan. This quilt was purchased from the same estate as the brown Lone Star quilt in another post. It was purchased in Miami from a dealer 20 some years ago.
When I was young, I was a flight attendant for Pan Am. Flying in and out of India was exciting and in those days, buying clothes from India fit
right into my lifestyle. These clothes were eventually cut into fabric for quilting and since I cannot give anything away, the fabric was kept forever. About six months ago, I decided to strip that fabric from the early 1970's, adding some current fabric and make these strip quilts for myself. A
good choice I think.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I have been collecting fabric all my life, since I was 13. My sister has too, but she is better able to de-clutter. So, she gave me her solids to donate to the Guild, but instead, I donated them to myself. I have had these solid fabrics for 25 years, untouched, having collected them from Mae's Discount Fabrics' Wearhouse in Miami. I have had Pumpkin for 13 years so she knows:) She is so proud of me for starting some quilts using solids. She is sitting on quilt number 3. The others are basted and when they are quilted, I will share them with you. Diane
This fan quilt has a story. I was giving a talk in Concord some years ago when I dropped into an antique store and found this quilt. My husband and daughter had been talking about going to Riverdance and wanted me to go, but I didn't want to spend the $67 for my ticket. I saw this quilt and decided to buy it if they would sell it for $67! They of course said no, but at my insisting, called the owner who said YES!!! So, my priorities in order.....I stayed home from Riverdance and hung my new quilt on the wall. Later, I decided to mend a small tear. As I was doing that, I noticed an unusual batting. On further notice, I saw that this quilt was batted with a sort of fluffy pollen that comes down from a very large tree here in the Carolina's in the spring. On researching that tree, I have found that it is the Southern Cottonwood tree, also known as the Carolina Poplar. Most unusual and very enjoyable.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This quilt won first place in the Charlotte show a few years back. The pattern was from the book, Square Dance, by Martha Thompson. The colors used in this quilt reminded me of Miami, the place that was home for me for so many years....hence the name, Tropicana.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Charlotte Irish Quilters love Johanna....so we made her a quilt...naturally:) She paints water colors. I took two of her water colors to Staples and enlarged them to different sizes on the color printer. Took those prints, scanned them into the inkjet printer and printed them out on (Printed Treasures ) paper. Since Johanna is Irish, into the quilt went things Irish and things she loves: Potatoes, shamrocks, music and birds. Since she likes things healthy, we put in the yoga monkey block and I latticed the quilt with cucumbers. A border of water, sheep and shamrocks was all it took to tell Johanna how much we care...
Friday, October 23, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
This Halloween quilt was made a number of years ago, again to showcase my favorite Halloween fabrics. The simple pattern of squares and rectangles is one Norie has used for the Habitat Houses here in Charlotte. If you want to make a lap quilt to donate to Habitat ( Charlotte Quilters' Guild), the square is 9" Finished. That is cut one square 4.5 inches, one small rectangle cut 4.5 x 5.5 inches and one large rectangle 5.5 x 9.5 inches.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Grandma Edith Karlsson Franzen died 12 years ago at age 99. She had come over on the boat from Sweden when she was 15 and had always been so proud to still speak perfect Swedish till the day she died. She taught me to sew and sewed herself to almost the end. Actually, she won a thousand dollars at bingo the month before she died! Clear minded and active she was. She often slept with Bit O'Honey candy and True Detective Magazine under her pillow. She left behind lots and lots of needle work. When I found this cross stitched piece, I saw that she had added a small Swedish flag. This spring, I made it into a bag..carrying with me her memories:) Diane
Friday, October 16, 2009
Well...this is certainly baby steps into blogging. Speaking of baby, I made this quilt for my first granddaughter, Lynsey. It is machine appliqued and machine quilted on my wonderful Janome 6600. The red lady bugs on white fabric are from a sheet I bought from her registered crib set. I drew the flowers free form.