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Thursday, July 22, 2010

For My Love of Quilts....






I love quilts and collect them. I wish I was physically able to make quilts, but I am not. These quilts were placed on the rungs of a ladder that a friend made just for me to display quilts. Would you believe, my neighbor did not want these quilts and thought they were dirty and she was going to throw them away. Her aunt had died and she was cleaning out her house. I told her not to dare throw them away--to me they are beautiful! There is a lot of time and love worked into these quilts. I also have a collection of quilt tops my grandmother made and never got them quilted. I have these packed away. I guess I should have them finished.









This is the first quilt I made and this was done in
the 1960's. I did the stamped on cross stitch and
then a group of ladies guilted it one summer for
me at The Sword of Peace, a local out-door drama.
They had it set up as a demonstation as the people came for the drama each night.





Then I did this candlewick spread in the 1970's. I bleached muslin, cut it into large squares, and then copied my pattern onto each square. When I had finished the squares, I had them sewn together. I had planned to do a crochet edge around it and never did. I went to the International Quilt Show in Greensboro in the mid 1990's and met a lady that did long-arm quilting and she took it to Virginia and quilted it for me. I love the way it turned out.





My yo-yo quilt is done in shades of pink and greens. I designed it to resemble Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt.











The Catheral Window Quilt. It is done with un-bleached muslin from JoAnn's. My daughter went with me to a local quilt shop and we picked out this fabric of flowers. I did the whole quilt with just this one fabric and I think it came out beautiful, if I must say. Ha! This will be my daughter's quilt when I am through enjoying it.







This a a baby quilt
that I did to go in my
Grandmother's Box. I
bought the panel at Hobby Lobby. I sewed a border on it and did a binding. I quilted each block and then on the border, I drew letters of the alphabet and quilted them. I scanned some of the fabric and then designed this label in my PSP and placed it on the
back of the quilt.


I started paper piece quilting. This is my first attempt. I made these crazy patch squares and then I embroidered stitches on the seams. I made these into pillowcases to use on the backs of the rockers on our front porch.






Below is a Hunter's Star square that I did by paper piecing. I did some others and made them into throw pillows.















This is a paper piece log cabin block that I made into a Christmas wall hanging. Below is the label I created for it.




















I hope you have enjoyed viewing my quilts.

Love,

Marie

13 comments:

  1. Wow, I knew I just love you and now I realize we have yet another thing in common! I LOVE QUILTS! I am not good at doing them but I appreciate them. I really don't have many handmade ones but I pick up those store bought ones at Goodwill or such. My grandma used to make them all the time but I only have one of hers and it's very worn.
    Have a lovely day!

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  2. What beautiful quilts and labors of love!! It always make me so sad to see precious handwork of any kind, that was made with loving hands and thoughts, for sale at a garage sale for next to nothing. The only quilt I ever did was one I embroidered. Yours reminded me of it. I posted about it several years ago. Here is the link if you'd be interested in viewing it:
    http://penlesswriter.blogspot.com/2008/01/show-tell-08-1-embroidery-quilt.html/

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  3. What beautiful quilts...my dear Gram made quilts and I am happy to say that I am the proud owner of many of them :) I spent many hours cutting out the patches with her...oh how I miss those days.

    Thanks for stopping by to visit me, Marie...I did manage to put all of my doilies back in the right place.

    I've been playing around with my Cricut machine...hopefully sometime soon I will show everyone what I've been doing.

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  4. Beautiful work Marie, I love the cross stitch in green. It is just lovely.

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  5. Marie, your quilts are just gorgeous!!! I have done some Cathedral window squares, so I can appreciate the hard work and the time that went into that quilt. Love your yo-yo quilt. Well, to be honest, I love them all. They are so beautiful. I know you are proud to have them to enjoy and display in your lovely home. Thanks so much for sharing your pictures. Love & blessings from NC!

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  6. Such lovely quilts and what a treasure! I love them all.

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  7. The quilts you have made are beautiful. There is nothing better than curling up with a handmade cotton quilt.

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  8. Your quilts are lovely. I'm now a follower.

    Thanks for stopping my blog and commenting on the bags I make. I see that you enjoying crocheting. They're very easy to make. I use the single crochet stitch and they work up really fast.

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  9. Beautiful! You have a real talent, Marie.

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  10. Morning girl....I love quilts!!!! I envy anyone who has the talent to create such beautiful treasures. I have one of my grandmother's and my aunt's and sometimes I love to just touch the stitches where their own precious hands touched...kinda like when you look at an old photo it can take you back in time to that day and memory....You have a beautiful blog and that is awesome that you had your blog turned into a book...oh my word...I love that! I wanted to thank you for coming by and for the sweet comment...please come back any time...hope all is well with you and yours and that you have a glorious weekend...~Picket~

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  11. Your quilts are all beautiful! Glad you were able to rescue those quilts too! It amazes me that people are thoughtless enough to just throw them out! Thank you for your kind comment on my blog too! :0)

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  12. Wow! Your quilts are gorgeous. You are very talented and thank you for sharing with us.

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  13. Your quilts are all incredible, but I have to say that the Catherdral Windows would be my favorite. I have always loved that pattern.

    Regarding my takealong chalkboard, I made it using the chalkboard fabric and it is always a hit with the little ones. It is so good for the car or just sitting somewhere and waiting.

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